Images of the Week: 'STEPHANIE, CINDY, CHRISTY, TATJANA, NAOMI, HOLLYWOOD 1989' Herb Ritts
Photographer Herb Ritts' iconic image of 1980s supermodels Stephanie Seymour, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz and Naomi Campbell sold for $190,000, a record price for Mr. Ritts' work, at the Elton John Aids Foundation Benefit Auction on Feb. 25. The mural-size Silver Gelatin photograph, measuring 40 x 42 inches and donated by the Herb Ritts Foundation, is from an edition of nine; only four of those were created during the artist's lifetime. In 1996, a print from this edition was part of a Ritts "Work" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It's now part of the museum's permanent collection.
Mr. Ritts began his career in the 1970s, shooting fashion and portraits for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone. He photographed advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani. In 1988, Mr. Ritts started directing TV commercials (such as one for Calvin Klein's Escape fragrance) and music videos for artists including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Chris Isaak, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Tracy Chapman, Jennifer Lopez and 'N Sync. He won two MTV Awards, for Mr. Isaak's "Wicked Game" and Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do." Mr. Ritts later became famous for his celebrity portraits and fine-arts photography. He died in 2002 at age 50.