It's been almost 10 years since Herb Ritts passed away,but he was, perhaps, was one of the greatest photographers to ever to use a camera. He photographed during a time when the term "supermodel" came with a great amount of prestige. Some describe his photos as timeless, others, legendary, but no matter how you describe his photographs, many regard them as timeless, classics capturing the very essence of the subject matter.
Herb began his career as a photographer in the early 70's and quickly gained a career that most photographers dream of. He was one of the go-to photographers in the industry that demanded "near-perfection" in each and every image, commercial, or video. He shot for major magazines such as Vanity Fair, Interview, & Rolling Stone, and directed some of the top celebrity music videos and commercials of his time. In most of his photography he liked simplicity and form. Major plays on chiaroscuro, dramatic contrast between light to dark, added to the depth of each photo creating near-like portraits. They seemed as if they could stand the test of time. He captured forms in their true essence almost with each appearing like a sculpture. Some of his greatest works were of his black & white imagery.
Many photographs had meaning and made people think, sometime challenging convential thinking of the time. He captured monumental periods in time in every aspect of the fashion, movie, and music industry. He photographed some of the whose who of the industry ranging from Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Michael & Janet Jackson and many many more.
Next month, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles will show an exhibition of Herb Ritts most iconic images ranging from his iconic photograph with some of the top super models to his photo with Djimon Hounsou with a dead octopus on his head. Ritts photographs excites you and seemed advanced for a time when exhibition was uninhibited and celebrities & magazines looked for ways to push the envelope.
The exhibition there will have 87 framed images and other works from magazines and books. The exhibit will run through August 26, 2012. Mr. Ritts work was iconic, bold, and best of all moving. There hasn't been a major exhibit of his work since 1996, when the Boston Museum debuted some of his work, which by the way, had over 250,000 visitors, breaking records. Now a whole new generation can get a feel of a time when anything seemed possible.