“For me, a portrait is something from which you feel the person, their inner quality, what it is that makes them who they are. “
– Herb Ritts, 1999
Herb Ritts was born today, August 13, in 1952. He was best known for his iconic fashion photography of models, cultural and media personalities, and celebrities. His most well-known work was done in black and white, often emulating the work of classical Greco-Roman sculptors. Photographically, his influences were Philippe Halsman, and Edward Weston.
His work was often featured in magazines like Rolling Stone, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Esquire – to name but a few – and from 1996-1997 the Boston Museum of Fine Arts displayed his work, attracting over 250,000 to the exhibit.
Ritts passed away in 2002 at the age of 50 from pneumonia.