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Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002)
LOT ID: 78953
Fred with Tires, Hollywood, 1984

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
24 х 20 in. (60.96 x 50.8 cm.)
Signed, titled, dated, editioned verso.
Edition 9/30
Lot description
Vintage Print. Image size is 20 x 24 inches (61 x 50.8 cm). Custom framed; frame size is 34 x 30 inches (86.4 x 76.2 cm).

In the iconic image "Fred with Tires," a muscular male model stripped to the waist stares at the camera, a heavy tire in each hand. The photo shoot from which it sprang was for an Italian designer, but when Ritts received the clothing, he and his stylist rejected it and dressed his model in overalls instead. The pictures were not what the magazine requested, but it was so powerful they ran them anyway causing a sensation.

"They had Fred swinging the tires all around the garage," recounted Getty Center curator, Paul Martineau. "And this picture happened in a moment of repose when the exhausted model just stopped and was saying, "Do I need to continue doing this? It's killing me." (Chicago Tribune)

Herb Ritts (1952 – 2002) was an American photographer who concentrated on black-and-white photography and portraits in the style of classical Greek sculpture, most famously his image of male and female nudes. Ritts was drawn to clean lines and strong forms. This graphic simplicity allowed his images to be read and felt instantaneously. They often challenged conventional notions of gender or race. His work ranged from effervescent celebrity shots, images of Africa and its people, seductive fashion layouts and pure, sensuous studies of the human form. In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts also created successful advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Gap, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Levi's, Pirelli, Polo Ralph Lauren, Valentino among others. His fine art photography has been the subject of numerous exhibitions worldwide, and his work is held in many significant public and private collections.
Fred with Tires, Hollywood by Herb Ritts
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