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"Published to accompany a traveling exhibition that opens at L.A.'s Getty Center in April, Getty associate photography curator Martineau (Still Life in Photography) draws from the archives of one of the most influential and celebrated fashion photographers of the late 20th century, offering an impressive collection of Ritts's sumptuous nudes and portraits of supermodels and celebrities. Ritts's obvious photographic influences — Weston, Siskind, and Mapplethorpe — are evident throughout, though his innovative use of water, fabric, tree branches, and other props display his special touch. That Ritts (1952 — 2002) clearly drew on ideas from the surrealists Dalí and Magritte as well becomes apparent in his portrait of Djimon Hounsou with an octopus on his head or a model whose hair covers her face so tightly that it forms a grotesque mask. The California sunshine and coast clearly sparked his imagination, so much so that the occasional interior shot falls flat. The inclusion of advertisements and magazine covers illuminate a phenomenal career that was cut tragically short by AIDS, but also reveal that color photography was not Ritts's forte, as the images lack the depth and luxuriousness of the black-and-whites. With an essay by the Cincinnati Art Museum's chief curator, James Crump, the book's artfully arranged spreads, printed on high quality paper, are a veritable feast for the eyes." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Published in conjunction with an exhibition originating at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and scheduled for several venues during 2012 and 2013, this volume offers a spectacular representation of the photographic work of Herb Ritts (1952-2002). The images are black & white and displayed full page, except for a set of magazine covers, shown smaller, in color. The subjects are men and women, clothed and nude--and their depiction is unabashedly dramatic, sensual, sexual. Martineau (photography, J. Paul Getty Museum) provides an essay as does James Crump (photography, Cincinnati Art Museum). The volume measures 9.75x12". Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style traces the life and career of the iconic photographer through a compelling selection of renowned, as well as previously unpublished, photographs and two insightful essays. Herb Ritts (1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for distinctive images of fashion models, nudes, and celebrity portraits. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ritts was sought out by leading fashion designers such as Armani, Gianfranco Ferrè, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Valentino, and Versace, as well as magazine editors from GQ, Interview, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others, to lend glamour to their products and layouts. Largely self-taught, Ritts developed his own style, one that often made use of the California light and landscape and helped to separate his work from his New York-based peers. From the late 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts’s ability to create photographs that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill, but also marked the synergistic union between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

 

An exhibition of the same name will be on view at the Getty Center from April 3 through August 12, 2012; at the Cincinnati Art Museum from October 6 through December 30, 2012; and at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, from February 23 through May 19, 2013.

 

 

About the Author

Paul Martineau is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is the author of Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance (Getty Publications, 2009) and Still Life in Photography (Getty Publications, 2010). James Crump is chief curator and curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. In 2007, Crump wrote, produced, and directed the documentary film Black White + Gray, featuring the influential curator and collector Sam Wagstaff and artist Robert Mapplethorpe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781606061008
Author:
Martineau, Paul
Publisher:
J. Paul Getty Trust Publications
Author:
Crump, James
Subject:
Photography-Annuals
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 color, 135 tritone
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
12 x 9.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Published to accompany a traveling exhibition that opens at L.A.'s Getty Center in April, Getty associate photography curator Martineau (Still Life in Photography) draws from the archives of one of the most influential and celebrated fashion photographers of the late 20th century, offering an impressive collection of Ritts's sumptuous nudes and portraits of supermodels and celebrities. Ritts's obvious photographic influences — Weston, Siskind, and Mapplethorpe — are evident throughout, though his innovative use of water, fabric, tree branches, and other props display his special touch. That Ritts (1952 — 2002) clearly drew on ideas from the surrealists Dalí and Magritte as well becomes apparent in his portrait of Djimon Hounsou with an octopus on his head or a model whose hair covers her face so tightly that it forms a grotesque mask. The California sunshine and coast clearly sparked his imagination, so much so that the occasional interior shot falls flat. The inclusion of advertisements and magazine covers illuminate a phenomenal career that was cut tragically short by AIDS, but also reveal that color photography was not Ritts's forte, as the images lack the depth and luxuriousness of the black-and-whites. With an essay by the Cincinnati Art Museum's chief curator, James Crump, the book's artfully arranged spreads, printed on high quality paper, are a veritable feast for the eyes." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style traces the life and career of the iconic photographer through a compelling selection of renowned, as well as previously unpublished, photographs and two insightful essays. Herb Ritts (1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for distinctive images of fashion models, nudes, and celebrity portraits. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ritts was sought out by leading fashion designers such as Armani, Gianfranco Ferrè, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Valentino, and Versace, as well as magazine editors from GQ, Interview, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others, to lend glamour to their products and layouts. Largely self-taught, Ritts developed his own style, one that often made use of the California light and landscape and helped to separate his work from his New York-based peers. From the late 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts’s ability to create photographs that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill, but also marked the synergistic union between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

 

An exhibition of the same name will be on view at the Getty Center from April 3 through August 12, 2012; at the Cincinnati Art Museum from October 6 through December 30, 2012; and at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, from February 23 through May 19, 2013.

 

 

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