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“Ritts was L.A. style.”—Vogue 



“A veritable feast for the eyes.”—Publishers Weekly



"Cindy, Naomi, Christy. All the supermodels are front and center in this stunning roll call that is Herb Ritts: L.A. Style."—Harper’s Bazaar


"[Herb Ritts: L.A. Style] chronicles the career of the late photographer and captures Ritts’s ability to bring the distinct feel of his native California to life. It’s his own unique version of California, a dry black and white background upon which to capture new compositions of the human body."—The Fader


"Ritts was a master at meshing the worlds of commercial and fine art, and was noted for his modern nudes and close-up portraits of bodies in motion."—Los Angeles Confidential


"No one captured L.A. fashion quite like iconic lensman Herb Ritts, whose chic photos fill the pages of this ultra-chic book."—Who What Wear


“Herb Ritts’s use of light, form and composition to communicate strength and poise evince his true genius.”—Resource


“[This book] should appeal to a wide audience, from arts and photography holdings to those interested in fashion history and California artists. It’s a dynamic gathering of all of Herb Ritts’s images and is not be missed.”—The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Paul Martineau is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is the author of Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance (Getty Publications, 2009) and Still Life in Photography (Getty Publications, 2010). James Crump is chief curator and curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. In 2007, Crump wrote, produced, and directed the documentary film Black White + Gray, featuring the influential curator and collector Sam Wagstaff and artist Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606061003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606061008
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
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A decade after his passing, the Getty Center is hosting the traveling Herb Ritts exhibit, L.A. Style. The title of the show this monograph chronicles the career of the late photographer, and captures Ritts' ability to bring the distinct feel of his native California to life. It's his unique version of California, a dry black and white background upon which to capture new compositions of the human body.

Probably best known for his commercial work of the '80s and '90s, in which he helped usher in the rise of the supermodel with his fashion campaigns and made some amazing music videos like "for Madonna," Ritts' most lasting contribution to fine art may be his male nudes and close-up portraits of the body in motion, which feature prominently in the book. A now famous photograph of Djimon Hounsou features the model-actor in profile, looking like a classical sculpture--except for the dead octopus on his head, its arms dangling down like dreadlocks. Also included is the justly famous and coveted image "Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood," a 1989 shot of five nude models, and examples of the manner in which Ritt's was able to gain the confidence of famous stars and produce unique portraits. Ritts, who grew up next door to actor Steve McQueen, learned his easy rapport with celebrities from a young age. A largely self-taught photographer, he saw his career take off with pictures he snapped of the actor Richard Gere in tight jeans, taken on a 1977 road trip.

Credited with developing a style of photography that seemed to reveal something private and internal about his famous subjects, Mr. Ritts earned the trust of his models. "I did Playboy with Herb two times," according to supermodel Cindy Crawford.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bobbibaby on July 15, 2012
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If you appreciate art and photography, you will love this book. I was fortunate enough to see the actual exhibit at the Getty and bought the book for my sister as a birthday gift. It is an amazing collection of Herb Ritts' work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lopatkin on September 25, 2012
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I've always wanted to have Ritts photo book with most complete works...
So, this is it! All the images from the past and today culture and fashion industry are here!
It's really huge and quality is immaculate!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMelissa on May 31, 2013
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Love the numerous pictures of this acclaimed photographer. Great print quality too. This book makes a wonderful gift to friends or family. Missed the show at the Getty, but at least I have the book. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond McNabb on May 5, 2012
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Herb Ritts certainly was a most artistic photographer! This coffee table-sized book is full of his photos. Portraits, male nudes, still life, they're all there. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ada on September 23, 2012
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composition, gtaphics, models, site shootings, themes,... : all ingredients to make a perfect bible of photography. A lesson of beauty and simplicity.
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