Herb Ritts, the fashion photographer who rose to fame in the 80s and 90s, was known for his work in black and white, and for making humans look like classic sculpture. He became more popular in pop culture circles after he famously shot videos for Madonna ("Cherish," one of the best videos ever), Janet Jackson, and Michael Jackson. NOWNESS has some newly-revealed and never-before-seen shots from the photographer, who died in 2002. They feature a young Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Johnny Depp, David Bowie and Karl Lagerfeld (when he still had dark hair). NOWNESS also chatted with some notables (like Anna Wintour) who knew Ritts back in the day. Here's what a few of them said about him:
Richard Gere: "Some photographers embalm their subjects, but he enlivened them."
Anna Wintour: "He would call a lot. He would call when an issue came out and want to go over it even if he hadn't contributed to it, or he'd call to see how his covers sold."
Cindy Crawford: "I think he photographs women the way they want to look… Herb would always get you naked. You knew that’s the way it went, you are going to look good."
Naomi Campbell: "All of us experienced pain with Herb, but the pain was worth it. You want one of those photographs in your lifetime of modeling."
Photos: Herb Ritts/NOWNESS