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