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Herb Ritts
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Birth: Aug. 13, 1952
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 26, 2002
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Celebrity/Fashion Photographer. Born in Los Angeles, California, Ritts began his career working in the family furniture business. After awhile he moved to the East Coast and attended Bard College in New York, where he majored in economics and art history. Later he became interested in photography, when by chance he met a young man in a gas station and decided to photograph him. The young man would later become actor, Richard Gere. The picture gained Ritts some coverage and he began to be more serious about photography. He later photographed notables such as, Christopher Reeve, Dalai Lama, Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Steven Hawking, Edward Norton, Madonna, Dizzy Gillespie, Annette Benning, Cindy Crawford, and many others. He worked for the magazines, Interview, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Elle. He published many books on photography for leading fashion designers including, Giorgio Armani, Revlon, Chanel and Calvin Klein. From 1996 to 1997 some of his work was displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, attracting more then 253,000 people to the exibit. In 1991 he won two MTV Video Awards for his work on music videos by Janet Jackson and Chris Isaak. Ritts also worked on other projects including directing and acting, "Mariah #1's" (1999), "Janet Jackson: Design Of A Decade 1986-1996" (1996), "Intimate Portrait: Cindy Crawford" (1998)and "Murder In The First" (1995). Ritts was considered to be a leading celebrity photographer of the 1980s and 1990s. (bio by: K) 
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Record added: Dec 27, 2002
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Herb Ritts
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Remembering you on World AIDS Day, 2015. Rest in peace.
- Jessica
 Added: Dec. 1, 2015
Handsome and talented photographer. My heart goes out to your family, friends, and fans who loved you so much. Time doesn't heal or make anyone forget, it just makes everyone continue with their lives yet grieve. Herb will forever be in their hearts, and ...(Read more)
- Keri Caye
 Added: Jul. 28, 2015
Remembering you on World AIDS Day, 2014. Rest in peace.
- Jessica
 Added: Dec. 1, 2014
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