Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits: Rock And Roll Hall Exhibit Opens Today

Sources: Cleveland.com | Edited By – All Things Michael

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Biographers take volumes — and in some cases, multiple volumes — to tell a life story. Herb Ritts could do it with a single image.

The work of Ritts, who started his professional life as a still photographer and reluctantly segued into a music director before his death from complications of AIDS in 2002, is the subject of an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum“Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits,” which opens Friday, March 13.

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The Ritts quote that opens the exhibit puts it into a nutshell:

“For me, a portrait is something from which you feel the person, their inner quality, what it is that makes them who they are.”

Ritts, who was only 50 when he died, was able to do that over and over. The clearest evidence is in the portraits themselves.

Herb Ritts

Herb Ritts

Thirty never before seen images of artists from Bjork (how on Earth do you get freckles when you’re a dark-haired native of Iceland?) to Courtney Love to Michael Jackson to Prince to James Taylor to Justin Timberlake show something else: trust.

Michael Jackson, Prince, k.d. lang,, Chris Isaak, Bono, Dizzy Gillespie and even Bruce Springsteen let down walls that show sides of them we rarely glimpse, and it’s all because they felt comfortable with Ritts.

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