Gelatin silver print
127 x 101.6 cm (50 x 40 in)
Courtesy of Tim Jefferies
Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil on reverse of mount
This is a very rare print – Ritts originally intended to make 12 in this oversized format, but he only realised 4 prints before he passed away. This is number 3 of 4.
“Herb saw women as beautiful objects and liked to make us look like sculptures. He always wanted the pictures to be as flattering as possible. He was very particular and a perfectionist, and creatively he was always right. He wanted you to look like a very feminine, elegant, sexy, beautiful woman.” - Naomi Campbell, 2012.
Herb Ritts (1952 - 2002) began his photographic career in the late 1970s, and quickly gained a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography. In his life and work, Herb Ritts was drawn to clean lines and strong forms. This graphic simplicity allowed his images to be read and felt instantaneously. His fine art photography has been the subject of numerous museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, with his works residing in significant public and private collections.
Herb Ritts passed away on December 6, 2002 from complications of AIDS.