The Golden Hour, A Photographer's Life and His World reveals for the first time the personal aspects of Ritts’s world, work, and legacy. The book includes many never-before-seen photographs and scores of interviews from business associates, curators, staff, lovers, and family, such as Cindy Crawford, Elton John, Anna Wintour, Madonna, Calvin Klein, and Christopher Buckley (Ritts’s college roommate). The Golden Hour also includes images from Ritts’s personal archive—behind the scenes at photo shoots, parties, travels, intimate portraits, and moments with friends—along with notes and contact sheets that show how ideas became his best-known iconic images.
Introduction from Richard Gere.
....... Maybe this book is part of that good-bye. Herb was a superior person. A bit of a prince. A complex and compelling man and a dear friend. He was delicate, smart, loyal, tender, funny, forgiving, demanding, lost, rock solid, a total professional, a manipulator, an artist, a sweetheart, a lover of beauty, a knower of beauty, an encourager of beauty, a creator of beauty.....
The book cover
Richard Gere, San Bernardino, Ca, 1978
Fred with Tires, Hollywood, Ca, 1984
Woman in Sea, Hawaii, 1988
Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989
Kim Basinger, Los Angeles, 1989
Versace dress, El Mirage, Ca, 1990
Herb and a soaking-wet Julia Roberts between shots, Malibu, Ca 1990
Mel Gibson, Hollywood, 1985
All photographs are from the book Herb Ritts " The Golden Hour."
Photographs by Herb Ritts@Herb Ritts Foundation
Courtesy Herb Ritts Foundation Archives