Monday, March 8, 2010
NARI Herb Ritts
Born in Los angeles, california on august 13, 1952, Herb Ritts began his career working in the family furniture business. Later, while living in Los Angeles, he became interested in photography when he and friend Richard Gere, then an aspiring actor, decided to shoot some photographs in front of an old jacked up Buick. The picture gained Ritts some coverage and he began to be more serious about photography. Ritts moved on to celebrity photography in the early 1980's and wound up photographing notable celebrities such as, Christopher Reeve, Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Steven Hawking, Edward Norton, Madonna, Cindy Crawford, and many others. he also did work for a number of magazines including , the Rolling stone, Vogue , Vanity fair and george magazine. He photographed Prince for his "The Hits/The B-Sides" greatest-hits package released in 1993.He published many books on photography for leading fashion designers including, Giorgio Armani, Revlon, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Gianni Versace and Calvin Klein. He died in 2002 at the age of 50 from complications caused by AIDS.