Men/Women. Photographs by Herb Ritts. 2 vols. Fifth edition. SIGNED in gold paint marker on front free-endpaper of 'Men' volume and dated, '91'. Limited to 5000 sets. Black clothbound in black cloth slipcase. Small square quarto. Gilt debossed titles, with black-and-white duotones tipped onto front cloth. Twin Palms, Altadena, 1989.
Case lightly rubbed; trace of smudging to cloth of 2 vols.; otherwise Fine-/Fine-.
A boxed set of two books containing images selected by Ritts from the first decade of his work as a photographer. Many of these photographs, taken for the artist's own pleasure, were judged either too eccentric or too erotic for publication. The faces in these photographs are familiar, but Ritts shows them in an unfamiliar light. The pleasure of the artist at work is felt strongly in these photographs which do not compromise vision for popular acceptance.
Notorious. Photographs by Herb Ritts. Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1992. 144 pp., Small folio. First edition. SIGNED in gold paint marker on front free-endpaper and dated, '92'. Hardbound. Photo-illustrated boards. 120 duotone reproductions.
Fine-/Near Fine+; wear at extremities.
"Herb Ritts [was] among the foremost international fashion, celebrity, and fine art photographers [of the late 80s and early 90s]. His photographs appear in Vanity Fair, Vogue, and many other fashion magazines...Notorious is Ritts at his best: it offers a sweeping array of virtually unpublished portraits of the best-known arts, literary, and entertainment personalities, among them Madonna, William Burroughs, Elizabeth Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, and Jack Nicholson. . . . Notorious is a perfect showcase for Ritts's glamorous fusion of substance with style."--the publisher (my brackets).
Duo. Photographs by Herb Ritts. With Bobg Paris & Rod Jackson. Designed by Jack Woody. Twin Palms, Santa Fe, 1991. Unpaged. Tall quarto. SIGNED, numbered limited edition of 250 copies. Clothbound. No jacket as issued. Black-and-white reproductions.
Lacking slipcase; Fine-; faint 'ghost' from price sticker, rear cover; very slight corner imperfections.