|Herb Ritts snippet
|In 1981, Ritts took photos for the album cover of Olivia
Newton-John's Physical. Ritts started his long term collaboration with
Madonna in 1984. He died in Los Angeles from pneumonia-related
complications. Reports state that he was HIV-positive but that was not the
cause of death.
|Herb Ritts (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American
fashion photographer who concentrated on black-and-white photography and
portraits in the style of classical Greek sculpture. Consequently some
of his more famous pieces are of male and female nudes in what can be
called glamour photography.
|Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he worked with magazines such as
Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue on portraits of
famous people and artistic photos of models.
|Subjects of his black-and-white celebrity portraits included Kofi
Annan, Cindy Crawford, Tenzin Gyatso (the Dalai Lama), Madonna, Jack
Nicholson and Elizabeth Taylor.