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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
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.