‘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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