Celebrity Photographer Herb Ritts achieved more in his short life time as a photographer than many photographers get to do in a their whole careers. Now his work will attract even more attention on March 2nd, 2011 in a book entitled ” The Golden Hour – A Photographers Life and World” thanks to Charles Churchward
Herbs ability to capture the essence of a person was what gave him such a wide appeal among celebrities and photographers. In 2002 at the age of 50 he passed away from Aids.
He was launched into the world of celeb photos back in 1978 when he snapped Richard Gere while he was waiting to get his car tire changed. Three months after that Vogue, Esquire and Mademoiselle ha run the images and from there he got paid and was landing even bigger jobs.
Cindy Crawford said “What I always say is the way Herb photographed you is the way that you wished you looked when you got up in the morning”
Amazon describes the book as
” The definitive book on the life of the legendary photographer Herb Ritts, with never-before-seen images and interviews with his closest confidants. At the time of his death in 2002, Herb Ritts was among the most celebrated photographers in celebrity portraiture, fashion, and music videos. During a career that spanned nearly thirty years, he was virtually in a league of his own in terms of style and productivity. Ritts was Hollywood royalty, as were his closest friends and the subjects he photographed. The Golden Hour reveals for the first time the personal aspects of Ritts’s world, work, and legacy. The book includes many never-before-seen photographs and scores of interviews from business associates, curators, staff, lovers, and family, such as Cindy Crawford, Elton John, Anna Wintour, Madonna, Calvin Klein, and Christopher Buckley (Ritts’s college roommate). The book includes images from Ritts’s personal archive—behind the scenes at photo shoots, parties, travels, intimate portraits, and moments with friends—along with notes and contact sheets that show how ideas became his best-known iconic images. ”
You can buy the book at Amazon new for $40 or best Price is $37