Herb Ritts 1952-2002

Herb Ritts specialises in celebrity portraits, mainly in black and white.
Ritts worked for Interview, Esquire, Mademoiselle, Glamour, GQ, Newsweek, Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Time, Vogue, Allure, Vanity Fair, Details, and Elle.
His favorite Camera/Lens brand, is Mamiya, and Nikon. He also used FScrims, Reflectors, and Foam Core. He used Mamiya Rz67 medium-format film camera with a 150mm lens and 220 backs. For some work, he also used Nikon 35mm cameras. Kodak Tri-X 400 black & white film, and possibly Agfa film as well. He may have also used Kodak panchromatic film. For lighting, Herb likely used strobes for some of his work, but videos indicate that he used very large scrims and reflectors to manipulate and sculpt natural light with his uniquely poetic signature.
Herb Ritts was influenced by classical Greek sculpture focused on beautiful, classic lines that emphasized the ideal human form. usually photograph in black and white so tones stand out better.
He has worked with Olivia Newton-John, Diana Ross, Christopher Reeve, Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Francesco Clemente, Mel Gibson, Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt, Ronald Reagan, Julia Roberts, Stephen Hawking, Nicole Kidman, Edward Norton, Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dizzy Gillespie, Elton John, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Richard Gere, Jack Nicholson, Cindy Crawford, and David Bowie.
I liked Herb Ritt's photography, because it is complex, and tells story. His photos are not dull at all, and it shows through his work. I selected Ritts, because I wanted to see what kind of impact his photos made on the photography and social world.
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