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Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002)
LOT ID: 84607
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).

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)

Fred with Tires, Hollywood by Herb Ritts
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