Ritts, Herb

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Ritts, Herb Gender: M
Herbert Ritts, Jr.
born on 13 August 1952 at 13:04 (= 1:04 PM )
Place Santa Monica, California, 34n01, 118w29
Timezone PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 20°59' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 06°02 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 15°38'


American photographer; Ritts is best known for his celebrity photography, especially for the covers of Rolling Stone magazine and for his work celebrating the human body. He also directed television commercials and music videos, including Madonna's "Cherish" and Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game." He died at age 50 on December 26, 2002 at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center of complications from pneumonia.

Ritts attended Bard College in NY but returned to his home state of California and began taking informal portraits of friends in the movie industry. Throughout the 70s and 80s, he photographed men's and women's fashions for magazines, and his well-known work includes covers for such prestigious publications as Interview, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Elle magazines.

In 1988, he published his first book simply entitled "Pictures, " immediately followed by "Men/Women" in 1989. In 1994 he released his last of several books, "Africa" in which he featured shots of Massai people. Ritts has photographed some of the world's political and cultural leaders, providing intimate portraits of the likes of Ronald Reagan, Stephen Hawking and the Dalai Lama.

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (first book, "Pictures")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1989 ("Men/Women")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1994 ("Africa")
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2002 (pneumonia)
  • Death by Disease 26 December 2002 (of complications from pneumonia)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate in hand


  • Traits : Personality : Creative
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia
  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Art : Photography