Herb Ritts Retrospective at the Getty Center, Los Angeles

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Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990

For the first time in 16 years, the man who defined American photography at the end of the last century is being given a major museum retrospective. “Herb Ritts: L.A. Style,” running through August at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, brings together more than 115 iconic images depicting such fin de siècle icons as Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Richard Gere in the artist’s signature luminous black and white. But more than that, associate curator Paul Martineau said that the show is also designed to emphasize Ritts’ artistic nudes and fashion shots for the likes of Armani, Versace and Ferré. More than any other major photographer, L.A. native Ritts, who died in 2002, celebrated the shores, hills and sheer swank of his hometown in his work, and this show evokes a remembered past bathed in a golden California glow.

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Versace, Veiled Dress, El Mirage, 1990

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Greg Louganis, Hollywood, 1985

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Cindy Crawford, Ferre 3, Malibu, 1993

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Bill T. Jones VI, Los Angeles, 1995

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Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989

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Tatjana, Veiled Head, Joshua Tree, 1988

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Man with Chain, Los Angeles, 1985

All images copyright the Herb Ritts Foundation, courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

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