Herb Ritts

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Herb Ritts

  • Birth 13 Aug 1952 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 26 Dec 2002 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 7036111

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: Peterborough "K"


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 26 Dec 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7036111
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herb Ritts (13 Aug 1952–26 Dec 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7036111, ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) Unknown.