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.
He died on December 26, 2002.He was born in Los Angeles California on August 13, 1952.
Beginning in 1988 he directed numerous influential and award-winning music videos and commercials. He likes to photograph celebrities.
He used Scrims, Reflectors, Foam Core. He used those lenses with the Mamiya, and Nikon camera.
Beginning in 1988 he directed numerous influential and award-winning music videos and commercials. His fine art photography has been the subject of exhibitions worldwide, with works residing in many significant public and private collections.
Most of Ritts work was lit with direct sun and natural light. He did a lot of open shade/open sky type of lighting.
Ritts used film photography, and would need a high shutter speed to get a sharp picture. Since some pictures were taken outside he’d need to adjust his ISO to get the proper amount of light on his subject.
He was born into a Jewish family. He moved to the East Coast to attend Bard College in New York, where he majored in economics and art history.In his life and work, Ritts was drawn to clean lines and strong forms.
I like how this photographer takes pictures of people in their own personality. He doesn't pressure anyone to do anything that they don't want to. And he really is just a naturally great photographer.