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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 August 1952Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 26 December 2002Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications of pneumonia)
Birth NameHerbert Ritts

Mini Bio (1)

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 photography with full force. He photographed everyone from Jack Nicholson to Michelle Pfeiffer to Mick Jagger, gaining unprecedented access to many of his subjects, including a paralysed Christopher Reeve and a post-brain surgery Elizabeth Taylor.

Ritts' work often appeared in magazines like Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. His photos graced album covers, including Madonna's True Blue (1986), and appeared in advertisements for companies like Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, the Gap and Giorgio Armani. He has published books of his work, and his photography has also been displayed in galleries and museums. Some of Ritts' well-known music videos include Madonna's "Cherish," Chris Isaak's breakthrough "Wicked Game," Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)." Most recently he has filmed NSYNC's "Gone," Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny," Britney Spears' "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" and Shakira's "Underneath Your Clothes."

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Trivia (6)

Photographer of the rich and famous.
Photographed Cindy Crawford for the July 1988, and October 1998 issues of Playboy.
Attributes his success to the early portraits he took of Richard Gere.
His two music videos for Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" was ranked #4 and "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" was #28 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments. His music video for Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" was ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.
Good friends with Madonna.
Good friends with Chris Isaak.

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