‘The Naked and The Nude’ by Herb Ritts

One of the top American photographers of his generation, Herb Ritts captured celebrity portraits, nudes, and images of fashion models, developing a distinct style that trod a line between art and commerce. Drawing inspiration from photographers including Philippe Halsman and Edward Weston, as well as classical artists and the landscape and quality of light on the West Coast, Ritts favored clean lines, strong forms, and striking shadows. He shot supermodels such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford, and took iconic photographs of Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, often challenging conventional notions of race and gender. Ritts worked on numerous high-profile advertising campaigns in his lifetime, and shot portraits and fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Interview Magazine.
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Tatjana with Black Sand, Hawaii (a), 1989

Stephanie Seymour, Hawaii, 1989

Neith with Tumbleweed, 1986

Floating Torso, 1987

Female Torso with Veil, 1984

Female Torso (Detail), 1989

Female Figure with Veil, Hawaii, 1989

Female Figure in Black Sand, Hawaii (e), 1988

Elsa Benitez, Malibu, 1988

Consuelo, 1984

Cindy Crawford, Costa Careyes, 1998

Cindy Crawford, 1988

Cindy Crawford, Costa Careyes, 1989

Cindy Crawford, 1988

Carré Sitting in Sand I, 1988

Carré in Sand II, 1988

Carré, Paradise Cove, 1988

Carla Bruni, Point Dume, 1992

Carla Bruni, Point Dume, 1999

Carla Bruni, Point Dume, 1992

Carla Bruni – Detail, Point Dume (a), 1992

Alek Wek, Los Angeles 1998

Alek Wek, Los Angeles 1998

Alek Wek, Los Angeles, 1998

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