Herb Ritts – 23rd February – Sarasota, Florida

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style

HERB RITTS (American, 1952–2002), “Tony in White, Hollywood”, 1988
Gelatin silver print, © Herb Ritts Foundation

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

HERB RITTS (American, 1952–2002), “Mark Findlay I, Los Angeles”, 1990
Gelatin silver print, © Herb Ritts Foundation

Through hard work and a distinctive vision,
Herb Ritts fashioned himself into one
of the top photographers to emerge from the 1980s.
Ritts’s aesthetic incorporated facets of life in and around Los Angeles.

Herb Ritts

Herb Ritts mirrored our elegance.
He gave us a dignity that commanded respect.
At a time when we needed it the most, he gave us invincibility.

In 2002, Herb’s untimely death came from AIDS-related complications.
He was inducted into the Tom of Finland Foundation Artist Hall of Fame in 2003.
-S. R. Sharp, Curator, ToFF

Through 19th May


Peter Karjalainen (Pete Finland) says, “The best honor of 2012”


Pete Karjalainen, 2011

“I’ve been mentioned in a new Tom of Finland book, Tom of Finland – Life and Work of a Gay Hero. SO honored since his work means the WORLD to me. I LOVE MY ToFF FAMILY!!”


“Pete Finland”, from Tampere, is a genuine TOM’s Man. He is on ToFF’s Advisory Board, helps at events and does Finnish translation. He is our premier envoy. Pete has been a strong and uplifting part of the Foundation for many years.

Tom of Finland Foundation is membership-based, volunteer-driven and a passion for many.



It took the longest time for me to get used to that—that my ‘dirty drawings’ were loved, and by an awful lot of guys too, some of them not even born when Physique Pictorial published my first drawings. -Tom of Finland