First Published: December 2002
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Photographer Herb Ritts has died at the age of 50. Openly gay he created some of the finest photographs of men ever. As well as shooting advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Versace and Armani, he also took stunning pictures of celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and Richard Gere.
Ritts died on Thursday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications caused by pneumonia. Only ten days before he had been taking pictures of actor Ben Affleck for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. As well as still photography, he was also an award-winning director of music videos. In 1991 he won MTV awards for best female video with Janet Jackson and best male video with Chris Isaak. His work was also the subject of major critical acclaim and was the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Below are some of examples of his work shown at that exhibition.


Jump | Paradise Cove, 1987 1996 Herb Ritts


Richard Gere | San Bernadino, 1978 1996 Herb Ritts


Madonna | Tokyo, 1987 1996 Herb Ritts

 

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