Herbert Ritts, Jr. born in Brentwood, California on August 13.
Attended Bard College to study economics and art history.
Took the iconic photograph of Richard Gere which subsequently launched his career as a photographer.
First gallery exhibition.
First book published, "PICTURES", winner of AIGA Book Design Award.
Directed Madonna's Music Video, "Cherish".
Signed contract with Conde Nast Publications to shoot for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines.
Received Infinity Award for Applied Photography from the International Center of Photography (ICP).
Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" and Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," both directed by Ritts win MTV Best Female Video and Best Male Video awards.
Directed Commercial campaigns including:
Calvin Klein Escape: "Water Ski," "Horse," "Pool," and "Sailboat"
Levi's Loose Fit Jeans: "Wind," "Earth," "Water," "Movement," "Light," "Wave," and "Fire"
Calvin Klein Jeans: "Marky Mark" with Mark Wahlberg and Kate Moss.
Charter Member, Board of Directors, Elton John Aids Foundation.
Major retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, featuring 236 photographs.
Died December 26, at the UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles.
AmFAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) honors Herb Ritts with posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, dedication of The Herb Ritts Gallery, Museum's first space permanently dedicated to photography.