In the 1980s and 1990s, photographer Herb Ritts established a visual signature that has left a lasting impression that can still be felt today. His images were noted for their dynamism, sensuality, and spontaneous sense of glamour (plus he directed one of our favorite Madonna music videos—"Cherish"). His vast oeuvre included fashion photography, celebrity portraiture, and nudes. Ritts, who passed away in 2002, was based in Los Angeles, and its atmosphere heavily influenced his work. Because of that, it's fitting that L.A.'s J. Paul Getty Museum is honoring the lensman with an exhibit—Herb Ritts: L.A. Style—featuring a mix of his most iconic pictures and never-before-seen works. Curator Paul Martineau notes, "This exhibition will reconsider and broaden our understanding of Ritts's career, particularly in the areas of fashion and figure studies.
See a slideshow of selected images here. (Note: some images may be NSFWish)
Herb Ritts: L.A. Style will run from April 3rd to August 26th 2012 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center.