Duo I, Mexico, 1990. © Herb Ritts Foundation

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Herb Ritts “In Full Light”
Fotografiska, Stockholm
November 21, 2014 - February 15, 2015

A flat tyre in the desert kick-started Herb Ritts’ career as one of the world’s most sought-after fashion photographers. With his graphic and powerful imagery he also developed into a popular portraitist who got artists and models to open up and reveal their true selves. “In Full Light” is a retrospective exhibition of Ritts’ famous, iconic images, and pictures that have never before been shown.

Alek Wek, Los Angeles, 1998. © Herb Ritts Foundation

Madonna, True Blue Profile, Hollywood 1986. © Herb Ritts Foundation

Herb Ritts began his photographic career in the late 70's and gained a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography. In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts also created successful advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Gap, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Levi's, Pirelli, Polo Ralph Lauren, Valentino among others. Since 1988 he directed numerous influential and award winning music videos and commercials. His fine art photography has been the subject of exhibitions worldwide, with works residing in many significant public and private collections.

Tatjana, Veiled Head. Joshua Tree, 1988. © Herb Ritts Foundation

Waterfall IV, Hollywood, 1988. © Herb Ritts Foundation

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. They often challenged conventional notions of gender or race. Social history and fantasy were both captured and created by his memorable photographs of noted individuals in film, fashion, music, politics and society.

Christopher Reeve, Side View. Hollywood, 1996. © Herb Ritts Foundation