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Herb Ritts (1952–2002)

Herb Ritts was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and majored in economics at New York's Bard College. Shortly after college, in the mid-1970s, Ritts taught himself photography, snapping pictures of friends. One of his subjects was a friend's boyfriend, a then-unknown Richard Gere. His shots of the future star led Ritts into the world of celebrity ... See full bio »

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 2009 Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection (Video) (video "Cherish")
 2006 Best of Chris Isaak (Video) (music videos "Wicked Game", "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing", "Wicked Game [European Version]")
 2004 Britney Spears: Greatest Hits - My Prerogative (Video) (video "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know")
 2003 Jennifer Lopez: The Reel Me (Video) (video "Ain't it Funny")
 2001 Britney: The Videos (Video documentary short) (segment "Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know")
 1999 Mariah #1's (Video) (video "My All")
 1996 Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (Video documentary) (video "Love Will Never Do")
 1995 Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (Video documentary) (video "In The Closet")
 1993 Dangerous: The Short Films (Video) (video "In The Closet")
 1991 Chris Isaak: Wicked Game (Video short) (uncredited)
 1991 Wicked Game (Short)
 1990 Janet Jackson: The Rhythm Nation Compilation (Video) (video "Love Will Never Do Without You")
 1990 Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (Video) (video "Cherish")
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Release of his book, "Herb Ritts: Men/Women". See more »

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Attributes his success to the early portraits he took of Richard Gere. See more »

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