Herb Ritts in Technicolor

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On day two of my tribute to HERB RITTS, I thought I’d share some of my favorite portraits in color along with Herb in his own words on what inspires him, his life and what he learned as a self-taught photographer.

Amber Valletta

“For me, the most important thing I learned was just honing my eye. I think I had a good eye.”

Alek Wek

“I felt so at home when I went to Africa. It didn’t matter that I was halfway around the world in a foreign country because all those elements are universal. I think that’s the one thing about my work. It’s universal.”

Gisele Bundchen

“To learn the history of art opened up certain things to me, made me see. It intrigued me.”

Lisa Marie Presley

“Once you develop your own style, you know when you’re able to give your best.”


“I like form, shape and strength in pictures.”

Tatjana Patitz

“I did grow up next door to Steve McQueen who was a very famous movie star at the time, but as a kid it didn’t impress me. We always had great fun with him. He would take us out on Sundays on his motorcycles, riding around in the desert.”

Stephanie Seymour

“Starting out, I didn’t have a sense of photographic history, so I had to learn.”

Tina Turner

“Instinctively you have to go for that moment you’re in. It’s all how you interpret the moment.”

Michael Jackson

“I’ve always had a fondness for and innate sensitivity to light, texture, and warmth. I abstract it in my photographs.”

Kate Moss

“I’m glad I didn’t go to school for photography.”

Photos © Herb Ritts Foundation

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