Herb Ritts, Don’t Look Away
People often discuss photography in relation to fashion and celebrity, for out of these two disciplines springs humankind’s outward shift away from the inescapable parts of ordinary life toward the transcendental kind: Fantasy, beauty and a sort of internalized cultural belief that dreams really can come true as we move forth in time.
The American photographer Herb Ritts (1952 - 2002) spoke to these artistic confines in his black and white images of models, nudes, and humans more famous than you and me. Over the course of his extensive career, which stretched all the way across the late 1970s to the early 2000s, he helped shape the timeless quality of such notables as Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt, Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Elton John, Cher, Britney Spears and George Clooney, among many others.
And since his unexpected death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts's artwork has remained so popular that the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles will feature a selection of his Polaroids, magazine covers, prints and commercial video projects for a special exhibit titled Herb Ritts: L.A. Style from April 3 - August 26, 2012.
In the meantime, you can visit Out.com to see several of his most iconic pieces from the aforementioned exhibit that embody not only a great artist but a great man who extended himself way beyond the boundaries of his own lifetime.