View of the exhibition Herb Ritts, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 1999-2000. © Herb Ritts Foundation. Photo © André Morin.
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Exhibition overview

Around one hundred photographs evoke the rigorous, disconcerting work of one of the most remarkable fashion and celebrity photographers of the 80’s and 90’s. With Herb Ritts, the world of Hollywood, and the world of the representation of the self through images is, itself, displayed in images. His subjects often take on bizarre poses, bringing them closer to us, and an impression of flattering intimacy is created with these important figures. 

Artists and contributors of the exhibition:
  • Herb Ritts

The exhibition in detail

Herb Ritts, Backflip, Paradise Cove, 1987
© Herb Ritts photography, inc. Photo Courtesy Fahey / Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

Herb Ritts’ images are disturbing because some repressed sentiment almost seems to surge out of the dark recesses of each of his subjects. Taboos and ambiguous sexual identities are presented with disconcerting simplicity and a mischievous, lighthearted humor, leaving us nonplussed, to the point where we forget their presence. Herb Ritts is careful to cover his tracks with disguises and recognizable styles of photography, also using Hollywood-type images that are familiar to us all.

Image gallery

View of the exhibition Herb Ritts, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 1999-2000

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© Herb Ritts Foundation

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© André Morin

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View of the exhibition Herb Ritts, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 1999-2000

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© Herb Ritts Foundation

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© André Morin

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View of the exhibition Herb Ritts, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 1999-2000

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© Herb Ritts Foundation

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© André Morin

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