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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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“Ritts was L.A. style.”—Vogue
“A veritable feast for the eyes.”—Publishers Weekly
"[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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
So, this is it! All the images from the past and today culture and fashion industry are here!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very Impressive indeed photography. It's a shame HR is not around any longer.Published 17 months ago by V+I P
Great Biography on Herb Ritts, as well as the fantastic images he produced. Makes a nice coffee table book to display.Published on October 30, 2013 by Kelly Jackson
THERE IS MORE IMAGES IN HERE THEN WHEN THEY SHOWED HIS WORK AT THE GETTY CENTER IN LA. I SUGGEST YOU GET IT IF YOUR INTO TASTEFUL PHOTOGRAPHY.Published on December 20, 2012 by STEPHEN
This book was beautifully done in every way. The photos are gorgeous and the write up is wonderful. It is a perfect book to keep for all times.Published on November 14, 2012 by CR