April 3–September 2, 2012
In the late 1970s, the mostly self-taught, Los Angeles–based photographer Herb Ritts stumbled upon success, after his impromptu images of his longtime friend Richard Gere—taken at a California gas station, on a lark—were widely published and well received. For the next two decades, Ritts distinguished himself from his East Coast counterparts with his clean, minimal aesthetic and knack for Southern California light and landscapes. He also built an incomparable portfolio of fashion and celebrity portraiture as well as provocative, sculptural nudes, often featuring famous athletes and dancers. Before his untimely death in 2002, at the age of 50, Ritts had been the master behind 13 music videos (Madonna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears), more than 50 television commercials (Chanel, Calvin Klein, Estée Lauder), hundreds of magazine spreads, with almost 40 covers for Vanity Fair alone, and eight books, including this month’s Herb Ritts L.A. Style—a retrospective monograph and exhibition on display at Los Angeles’s J. Paul Getty Museum from April 3 through August 26. Approaching the 10th anniversary of his death, VF.com refocuses on Ritts’s multifaceted and ever fashionable career, with an exclusive selection of renowned as well as several previously unpublished photographs from the show.
( Lenora Jane Estes, Vanity Fair)
The Carnavalet Museum presents the Parisian work of one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century, Eugène Atget (Libourne, 1857 – Paris, 1927).
The exhibition proposes a selection of 230 prints created in Paris between 1898 and 1927.
This retrospective, which brings together some well-known images and others previously unseen, paints an unusual portrait of the capital, far from the clichés of the Belle Époque. Visitors will discover the streets of the Paris of old, the gardens, the quays of the Seine, the former boutiques and the travelling salesmen. Atget’s photographs also reveal the changes in his processes: when he started out, this self-taught photographer tried to bring together landscapes and motifs and then images of Paris streets, in order to sell them to artists as models. It was when he dedicated himself to the streets of Paris that he attracted the attention of prestigious institutions such as the Carnavalet Museum and the National Library, which were to become his main clients until the end of his life.
This free exhibition of photographic portraits celebrates athletes and those working behind the scenes to make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games happen and includes new work by the most recently commissioned photographers.
The three-year National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project followed the journey that began in 1997 when London prepared to bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. BT, the official communications services partner for London 2012, and a Premier Partner of the London Festival has supported the National Portrait Gallery to create this lasting record of the people contributing to the success of the world’s biggest sporting event.