1 / 8       Herb Ritts, Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood 1989. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

2 / 8       Herb Ritts, Stephanie with Flower, Los Angeles 1989. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

3 / 8       Herb Ritts, Alek Wek, Los Angeles 1998. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

4 / 8       Herb Ritts, Backflip, Paradise Cove 1987. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

5 / 8       Herb Ritts, Madonna (True Blue Profile), Hollywood 1986. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

6 / 8       Herb Ritts, Waterfall IV, Hollywood 1988. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

7 / 8       Herb Ritts, Tatjana Veiled Head (Tight View), Joshua Tree 1988. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

8 / 8       Herb Ritts, Bill T. Jones, Los Angeles 1995. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

Herb Ritts. In balance

Palazzo della Ragione Fotografia in Milan has already offered to its visitors monographic exhibitions dedicated to the great interpreters of international photography, such as Sebastião Salgado, Walter Bonatti and Edward Burtynsky. From February, 20th to June, 5th 2016, the Milan home of photography hosts and celebrates the art and style of Herb Ritts (1952-2002), one of the most famous and appreciated American photographer, whose works helped to build the world's collective imagination heritage for decades.
The exhibition – titled In equilibrio and curated by Alessandra Mauro – offers more than 100 original photographs (since his death no new editions of his pictures have been released), from the most famous to unpublished ones, as well as spectacular enlargements and video installations. All images come from the Herb Ritts Foundation in Los Angeles and were specifically selected for this event, the first major retrospective of the artist presented in Milan. Herb Ritts’ pictures live in perfect balance – and In balance is the title of the exhibition – expressed through a careful mix of natural elements, the exaltation of the body in motion and the clarity of faces, in an environment dominated by natural light. Herb Ritts photograph are in fact a measured set of spontaneity and study, of glamour and directness, of sophisticated poses, of movie and music stars under natural light. For this reason, the exhibition path is built around the most recurrent themes in his creative universe. First, the portraits that helped create the mythology of some of the most praised celebrities in the star system world. Then, the works on the body in motion, the African landscapes and their influences. Africa always had an enormous appeal to Herb Ritts, who travelled there many times, even a few days before his death. The strong feelings that land was able to raise in him are recorded in surprising reportages. The videos exposed in the special section reveal the hidden side of Ritts’ work through backstage movies as well as his devotedly saved up photographic collections.
The exhibit is promoted and produced by the City of Milan - Culture, Palazzo della Ragione, Civita, Contrasto and GAmm Giunti in co-operation with the Herb Ritts Foundation of Los Angeles, with the patronage of the General consulate of the United States in Milan. The set up is realized by Migliore + Servetto Architects.

Herb Ritts. In equilibrio
Palazzo della Ragione Fotografia, piazza Mercanti, 1 - Milan (Italy)
20 February – 5 June 2016

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