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.
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