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Archival images by Herb Ritts to be shown at Fahey/Klein Gallery

August 18, 2010 | 11:37 am

Kidman If you've ever flipped through the pages of Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ or other glossy style magazines, chances are you've come across the work of celebrity photographer Herb Ritts.

The photographer, who died in 2002 at the age of 50, snapped images of almost every major celebrity in the last 25 years. Some of his most famous images include a young Richard Gere posing next to a Buick, Jack Nicholson smiling through a magnifying glass and model Christy Turlington emerging from a pool.

In October, Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles will present an exhibition celebrating Ritts' career. The gallery said the show will feature original prints made during Ritts' lifetime, adding that many of the photographs in the exhibition have "seldom, if ever, been seen by the public."

The show, titled "Herb Ritts: 25 Years," will run at Fahey/Klein from Oct. 21 to Dec. 4. It is expected to feature portraits, nudes and fashion photographs.

A resident of L.A., Ritts helped to create advertising campaigns for a number of fashion and clothing companies such as Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan and the Gap. No matter what medium he worked in, Ritts tended mostly toward dreamy, black-and-white imagery that referenced classical sculpture.

The gallery show is timed for the release of the new book “Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour: A Photographer’s Life and His World,” published by Rizzoli.

In 2003, Fahey/Klein hosted a memorial exhibition devoted to Ritts, a year after his death from complications of pneumonia.

Click through to see some of the other images that will be part of the exhibition. (The one above features Nicole Kidman in 2001.)

Philip Seymour Hoffman (2001)

Naomi Campbell (1992)


Christy Turlington (1996)

-- David Ng

Photos: Herb Ritts / Fahey/Klein Gallery