Herb Ritts: A Dazzling Compilation of His Most Iconic Fashion and Celebrity Portraits

Herb Ritts: A Dazzling Compilation of His Most Iconic Fashion and Celebrity Portraits

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989 1989 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989
1989
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The simply titled 'Herb Ritts' exhibition at the MFA in Boston, is a new show revisiting his previous oeuvre from the  powerful retrospective 'Herb Ritts: WORK' from 1996.  In this current show we see an abundant amount of his celebrity portraiture featuring stunning black & white photographs of  Matthew McConaughey, Drew Barrymore and Richard Gere. Undoubtedly one of the most dominant fashion photographers of the 20th century, the exhibit includes the iconic group portrait of '90s supermodels Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington, along with captivating images of male model Djimon Honsou, etc Two of Ritts' signature images 'Versace, Veiled Dress, El Mirage', and 'Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage' (both from 1990),  were shot against the barren Mojave Desert landscape, and truly illustrate his minimalist, refined, and highly sophisticated sensibility. Ritts had mastered the craft of shooting images that were both appreciated as high art and held a strong commercial appeal for fashion magazines.  'Herb Ritts' is on view at the MFA Boston through November 8, 2015.

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen, Long Island 1987 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation in honor of Malcolm Rogers © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen, Long Island
1987
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation in honor of Malcolm Rogers
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage 1990 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage
1990
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Versace Veiled Dress, El Mirage 1990 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Versace Veiled Dress, El Mirage
1990
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Tatjana Veiled Head, Tight View, Joshua Tree 1988 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Tatjana Veiled Head, Tight View, Joshua Tree
1988
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Christy Turlington, Hollywood 1988 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Christy Turlington, Hollywood
1988
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg 1994 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg
1994
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Dizzy Gillespie, Paris 1989 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Dizzy Gillespie, Paris
1989
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Naomi Campbell, Face in Hand, Hollywood 1990 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation in honor of Malcolm Rogers © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Naomi Campbell, Face in Hand, Hollywood
1990
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation in honor of Malcolm Rogers
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) Madonna, Tokyo 1987 Gelatin silver print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Gift of Herb Ritts © Herb Ritts Foundation Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002)
Madonna, Tokyo
1987
Gelatin silver print
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gift of Herb Ritts
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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