Herb Ritts : A self-taught photographer
Herb Ritts
A self-taught photographer
Sakana B., September 28, 2015
Herb Ritts
Herb Ritts


Photographic Portrait

Ritts, Herb (born in 1952), American fashion and celebrity photographer, born and active in Los Angeles. He took up photography, self-taught, at the end of the 1970s, achieving fame with a serendipitous portrait of the then rising young actor Richard Gere at a petrol station. In the 1980s he worked with magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone and fashion houses like Armani and Versace.


He became famous for his ultra-stylish black-and-white portraits, and directed music videos with superstars like Madonna and Michael Jackson. Graduated with a major in economics from Bard College in 1974. he began his photographic career in the seventies working among the hollywood stars. He also worked with some of the most important Italian newspapers until the beginning of the eighties. Nude is the main theme of Ritts`s images: models, muscular men, athletes, African women, bodies that express force, sensuality and beauty, sometimes wrapped up in veils, sometimes covered by sand. The pictures of world`s personalities of the movies and the fashion are also very famous: Richard Gere, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Madonna, Cindy Crawford and many others. Wonderful and breathless nudes of some athletes of the Olympic Games of Atlanta 1996 had caused a incredible audience. Among the many photographic books he published we should pay a special attention to: "Duo ", " Herb Ritts: Work ", "Africa " and " Men, Women ". He Died in Los Angeles from pneumonia in 2002.

Herb Ritts_Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi
Herb Ritts_Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi


/HERB RITTS_Naomi, Full Length, Los Angeles, 1982
/HERB RITTS_Naomi, Full Length, Los Angeles, 1982


HERB RITTS_Darati, Profile, Africa, 1993
HERB RITTS_Darati, Profile, Africa, 1993


HERB RITTS_Sinéad O’Connor, Malibu, 1990
HERB RITTS_Sinéad O’Connor, Malibu, 1990


HERB RITTS_Djimou Ounsou, Meduse
HERB RITTS_Djimou Ounsou, Meduse


HERB RITTS_Versace Veiled Dress, El Mirage, 1990
HERB RITTS_Versace Veiled Dress, El Mirage, 1990


HERB RITTS_Maasai Woman and Child, Africa, 1993
HERB RITTS_Maasai Woman and Child, Africa, 1993


HERB RITTS_Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990
HERB RITTS_Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990


HERB RITTS_Dizzy Gillespie, Paris, 1989
HERB RITTS_Dizzy Gillespie, Paris, 1989


HERB RITTS_Tony with Black Face, Profile, Los Angeles, 1986
HERB RITTS_Tony with Black Face, Profile, Los Angeles, 1986


HERB RITTS_Roy Lichtenstein, Hollywood, 1996
HERB RITTS_Roy Lichtenstein, Hollywood, 1996


HERB RITTS_Jump, Paradise Cove, 1987
HERB RITTS_Jump, Paradise Cove, 1987


HERB RITTS_Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Point Dume, 1987
HERB RITTS_Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Point Dume, 1987


HERB RITTS_Fred with Tires, Hollywood, 1984
HERB RITTS_Fred with Tires, Hollywood, 1984


HERB RITTS_Wrapped Torso, Los Angeles, 1989
HERB RITTS_Wrapped Torso, Los Angeles, 1989


HERB RITTS_Madonna, Vogue, Los Angeles, 1981
HERB RITTS_Madonna, Vogue, Los Angeles, 1981


HERB RITTS_Nandoye and Nangini, Hands Joined, Africa, 1993
HERB RITTS_Nandoye and Nangini, Hands Joined, Africa, 1993