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Hamiltons in London, one of the world's leading photography galleries, is to exhibit a series of works from the late photographer Herb Ritts.
Ritts began his photographic career in the late 1970s, quickly gaining a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography, becoming one of the first photographers to bridge the gap between art and commerce, noted the exhibition release.
After shooting to fame in 1979 with his photographs of Richard Gere, Ritts went on to produce portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Playboy and created advertising campaigns for Chanel, Calvin Klein, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Levi’s, Pirelli, Polo Ralph Lauren and Valentino, amongst others.
From 1988 he directed numerous influential and award winning music videos and commercials. Ritts’s fine art photography has been the subject of exhibitions across the globe including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles in 2012, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2015 and most recently Maison Européene del la Photographie, Paris in 2016, and much of his work resides in significant public and private collections worldwide.
“Herb made truly unforgettable photographs. He gave us a visual record of his time and place and a portrait of an era. The sand, sea, shadows, and sky were his backdrops. Perfectly sculpted light, elegant strength and an enduring beauty are the defining characteristics of his work,” says gallerist David Fahey.
Hamiltons is located in Mayfair, London and the exhibition will run from 25 November until end of January 2017.
Photo credit: Herb Ritts Foundation