Herb Ritts at Fotografiska

DSCN3467Last week I took a quick trip to Sweden, and I was overjoyed to be in time to attend a press event at Fotografiska in Stockholm. This time around it’s an exhibition by the great fashion photographer Herb Ritts. ”In Full Light” runs until 15 Feb 2015.

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Herb Ritts died youngish at the age of 50. He concentrated on black-and-white photography and portraits, often in the style of classical Greek sculpture.

DSCN3480 2DSCN3480Many of his images are very well known, as they have appeared in various magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone. He went on to make videos for Madonna, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Isaak just to name a few. Mr Ritts was extremely versatile, as he dabbled in many different fields of photography and gained a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography.

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It all started way back in 1978, when he was on a road trip in the desert with his close friend Richard Gere, who was an aspiring actor at the time. They had a flat tyre, and while Gere was changing wheels, Ritts decided to photograph him, all hot and sexy. That was the beginning of fantastic careers for them both.

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He revolutionized fashion photography, modernized the nude, and transformed celebrities into icons.

DSCN3513The pretty young super models made him rich.

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But he liked animals too…

DSCN3499…and nature.

DSCN3497The aesthetic seemed to please his  brilliant eye.

DSCN3512DSCN3511Every celebrity wanted their picture taken by Herb Ritts. Left: Cher. Right: Tina Turner

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From one famous photographer to another: Helmut Newton.

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It is said that he managed to capture a sheen of the nude bodies that he loved to photograph.

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It’s a nice and calm exhibition, with the pictures set off agains pretty green walls. Quotes about Ritts from various celebrities are pasted on the floor.

DSCN3489The collected press was in awe as his long time friend, camera assistant and executive director of the Herb Ritts Foundation, Mark McKenna shared some lovely moments with us.

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And naturally I had to get close to him! Sorry to say my monochrome shots are not quite as good as Ritts’s……..well well…we all have different talents I suppose.

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And we were served afternoon tea with the most delicious home made apple pie. Yum.

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Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, Herb Ritts, 1990.

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Denzel Washinton and Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP. Too sad!)

 

 

 

 

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A wonderful photo of Angelica Houston 🙂

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Elizabeth Taylor straight from surgery. She also has a foundation for AIDS/HIV.

”The charitable purposes of the Herb Ritts Foundation focus on two main objectives. First, it is continuing Herb’s longstanding support of HIV/AIDS research. The Foundation is instrumental in helping fund organizations that provide assistance and care for individuals with HIV and AIDS. It is equally important for the Foundation to advocate continued awareness of AIDS and its devastating impact on all continents, with an emphasis on how we can all contribute to finding a cure for this disease.

The Foundation’s second objective is to support Herb’s great passion for photography and other forms of art. It offers assistance to institutions with education programs that advance the art of photography. With the great success of the ‘Work’ exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Herb felt it essential to have the Foundation fund future museum exhibitions of photography and other visual art forms.

In addition to the Foundation’s charitable work, it is responsible for maintaining Herb’s legacy by organizing exhibitions of his work, publishing books and catalogues, preserving the archive of editioned prints and maintaining the integrity of the editions established during his lifetime. The net revenue proceeds from the sales of Herb Ritts’ work is being used to support and insure the directives of the Foundation and its future contributions.”

Quote from Herb Ritts web site.

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cheerio! See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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