Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi (1989) © Herb Ritts Foundation Ritts

Herb Ritts Continues His WORK

The great Herb Ritts stumbled into photography when, on something of a lark, he shot his aspiring-actor friend and soon-to-be global beefcake Richard Gere. Those photos went viral for their time, the early '80s, simultaneously launching Ritts' career. He soon began doing what he's most known for, immortalizing supes, musicians, and celebs in artful and often bare repose. (Funny story: he played matchmaker for Gere and that original '90s supermodel, Cindy Crawford, introducing them at a BBQ at his mother's house.)

Now, a new exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts showcases many of these modern classics. It's intended to be a posthumous revisit (he died in 2002) of his 1996 exhibition, WORK, a mini-blockbuster for the museum. The Ritts Foundation provided a print of every image in that retrospective and later, in 2007, supported the museum's first gallery dedicated to photography, which will of course house the new show.

Herb Ritts, March 14 – November 8, 2015, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


Jump, Paradise Cove © Herb Ritts Foundation


Madonna © Herb Ritts Foundation

 

 


Male Nude, Paradise Cove © Herb Ritts Foundation


Richard Gere © Herb Ritts Foundation


Jack Nicholson © Herb Ritts Foundation


Masai Woman and Child © Herb Ritts Foundation


Tatjana with Veiled Head © Herb Ritts Foundation


Sinead O'Connor © Herb Ritts Foundation


William S. Burroughs © Herb Ritts Foundation


Dustin Hoffman as Salvador Dali © Herb Ritts Foundation


Nandoye & Nangini, Hands Joined, Africa © Herb Ritts Foundation





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