Backflip Paradise Cove Poster
Born under the Californian sun into a well-off family and with Steve McQueen as his next-door neighbour, Herb Ritts grew up at a time where an obsession with the body was beginning to emerge. He graduated with a degree in economics from Bard College in upstate New York, studied art history and then began working in his family’s furniture company.
Ritt’s life radically changed when he took some casual photos of Richard Gere, sweaty in a white singlet, cigarette provocatively in his mouth, while Gere was changing the tires of their car in a garage in San Bernardino and suddenly Ritts was in high demand among all the major fashion magazines.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ritts honed his craft and aesthetics while building a reputation as a celebrity photographer. In 1985 he exhibited his pictures for the first time in the show Working in LA., sponsored by the lifestyle magazine Interview. Soon his career took off, with fashion shoots for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, and music videos for, among others, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Isaac. He worked with fashion companies such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Versace and Giorgio Armani, and contributed to international publicity campaigns for Chanel, Lancôme, Revlon and Cartier. His style was always innovative, whether he was working on commercial portraits, music videos or his own personal projects he was blurring the lines between what was considered art, fashion or advertising.
Size: 50x70 cm / 19.69"W 27.56"H
Printed on 170g FSC-certified paper.