Thursday, August 11, 2011

His Story: An intimate Look At Herb Ritts

© Herb Ritts Foundation from "Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour" by Charles Churchward, Rizzoli 2010
The late Herb Ritts' renowned for his beguiling photographs and music videos has captivated the world over for decades. In a new book published by his estate in conjunction with Rizzoli New YorkHerb Ritts: The Golden Hour: A Photographer's Life and His World , showcases some of Ritts' most vivid images from his personal archives along with intimate accounts shared by his trusted inner circle. 

© Herb Ritts Foundation from "Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour" by Charles Churchward, Rizzoli 2010


Herb Ritts was a raconteur of many tales—some his own, some colorfully or shall I say sepia-hued invented all by his own design. (It’s true that Ritts, who died in 2002,was among the most  illustrious photographers in celebrity portraiture, fashion, and music videos.) The American-born photographer became the darling of the visual world with his  images - featuring brilliant scenarios, genius lighting and striking compositions making his signature look desired by nearly every luminary in the fashion, art/music and celebrity worlds.  
Herb in Bali, Indonesia, 1987. Photo by Richard Gere
In The Golden Hour (Rizzoli) we get a rare glimpse at the makings of the man who brought out the beauty in every being he laid his eyes on. 
Gwen Stefani for the cover of the premiere issue of Teen Vogue, Point Dume, CA, 2002
He was more then the subjects he shot - he was a man greatly influenced by many genres, Ritts' vision was fresh and tinged by a romantic sensibility. This sensibility carried over to his work, his relationships and his extraordinary life that was cut way too soon.  

Chris Cortazzo, Herb, and Masai warriors, Africa, 1993
Known for his original vision, Ritts brought a simple, spare grace to the worlds of photography, fashion, music and celebrity. Alternating between sensuality and desire, Ritts' images are composed with great precision. The austere lighting and compositions are paired with intriguing narratives that only Ritts could recount to sheer perfection. 
© Herb Ritts Foundation from "Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour" by Charles Churchward, Rizzoli 2010
 
As with his work as a music director (Michael Jackson's 'Keep It In The Closet' being my all time fave), his masterly at all things visual (albeit photographs or videos) were superbly crafted and sublime. Ritts' inspiration in the diverse realms of  culture, nature, history--and the human form produced some of the most beautiful images and this book as his work is a true testament to the legacy of Herb Ritts. This book is an absolute MUST! 

Written by Charles Churchward, Foreword by David Fahey, Introduction by Richard Gere


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15 comments:

paloma said...

this post made me cry herb ritts was such a genius and it's sad he is no longer here on earth to bring fourth his beautiful images I wish I had a chance to meet him from his beautiful videos to his great photos he was an american institution! I cried because I want to achieve just a tenth of what he has done and one day I will I brought the book via borders I will make a trip to nyc for the fall and the 1st place I will go is to the rizzoli nyc store I've been following this blog for years and I have saved just about every piece you have mentioned rizzoli in it I brought the stephan sprouse book, the margiela book, the LV book, the beautiful women book in total I have brought about 10 books from rizzoli from reading and following this blog thank you so much La Petite Blogger I love this site so much it gives me hope that I will rise up and live all my dreams but for now I have my books

mona lisa said...

Paloma

I have brought nearly 20 books from this blogs' suggestion and I have never been disappointed! I love it all from the art books, to the high end cuisine and of course the fashion monographs LPB makes great features and it's worth it if you are a reading buff much like myself. I saw this particular book on borders and they have it super duper cheap.. Good Luck

Villa Bisono said...

Herb was such a visionary...I love how he used to go to different countries to capture the right picture! The women he photographed always looked so elegant and glamorous! He is so missed....I def. want to get his book!

xoxo my dear,
thanks for sharing

connie said...

brought it!!!!!!

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