Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
He revolutionized fashion photography,
modernized the nude,
and transformed celebrities into icons.
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 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
April 3 – August 26, 2012