The definitive book on the life of the legendary photographer Herb Ritts, with never-before-seen images and interviews with his closest confidants. At the time of his death in 2002, Herb Ritts was among the most celebrated photographers in celebrity portraiture, fashion, and music videos. During a career that spanned nearly thirty years, he was virtually in a league of his own in terms of style and productivity. Ritts was Hollywood royalty, as were his closest friends and the subjects he photographed. "The Golden Hour" 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 book 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.
"Stunning portraits of people who embodied the cultural Zeitgeist of celebrity have been artfully compiled by Charles Churchward in Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour." ~Vanity Fair
"...a lush photographic and anecdotal tribute" ~Vogue
"The late, great lensman Herb Ritts put the super in supermodel and shaped celebrity photography as we know it. A new book revists his legendary images" ~InStyle
“Ritts’ photographs gave the biggest celebrities and models of the ‘80s and ‘90s a raw and touchable sex appeal. Later, music videos, including Madonna’s ‘Cherish’ and Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game,’ turned Ritts himself into a star. To this day, his signature style has made many famous faces look the best they ever have.” ~Allure
“A picture may be worth a thousand words—but a photographer as beloved as the late Herb Ritts, perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone added a written account, too.” ~Style.com
“The legendary works of the late Herb Ritts, best known for his distinguished celebrity portraits, are gloriously honored in Charles Churchward’s The Golden Hour: A Photographer’s Life and His World. This 320-page hardcover showcases a picture-perfect collection of Hollywood superstars, megamodels, and fashion icons, some of whose words of praise appear in tribute to this artistic mastermind.” ~Teen Vogue
“The Golden Hour—compiled and wonderfully designed by Charles Churchward—is an intimate look at Ritts’s short but meaningful time on this earth: his own Golden Hour.” ~THE Magazine
"This is essential reading material for any Ritts fan or celebrity photography enthusiast." ~Metro Source
“A new book by Charles Churchward, Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour, is a lavish scrapbook / oral history looking at both Ritt’s life, legacy and work. Along with some of the well known celebrity and supermodel poses of the book’s 200 images include intimate portraits, images of extravagant Hollywood parties, travels to exotic locales, and other unforgettable moments from an extraordinary career...” ~Luxist
“If you are serious about the impact of fashion photography on American culture, advertising, art, television, music and even celebrity lifestyle, the this book is a must-have.” ~rangefindermag.com
About the Author
Herb Ritts is among the foremost international fashion, celebrity and fine art photographers today: he is considered to be in the same league as Annie Liebowitz and Bruce Weber. His work is extensively published in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Interview, and Rolling Stone. His previous books include Pictures (1988, Twin Palms), Men/Women (1989, Twin Palms) and Duo (1991, Twin Palms).
David Fahey is a Fine Art Photography dealer in Los Angeles representing Herb Ritts, Steve Shapiro, William Claxton and others.