General, Museums, Photography
Marion Maneker1August 17, 2011

Getty Acquires 69 Herb Ritts Photographs Worth $1m

The Independent reports that the Getty Museum has received a gift of $1m worth of the photographer’s work composed of 69 photographs.

The collection, for which Getty paid a small amount of the $1 million price, was partly a gift from the Herb Ritts Foundation.

According to the museum’s website, the collection includes many famous images:

Selections from this acquisition will be featured in an exhibition opening at the Getty Center in April 2012. Other highlights from the acquisition are Greg Louganis, Hollywood (1985), a portrait of the American Olympic diver; Wrapped Torso, Los Angeles (1988), which shows off a dress by Japanese designer Issey Mikaye; Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood (1989), an iconic image that has come to define the era of the Supermodel; Veiled Dress, El Mirage (1990), a photograph first used in Versace’s couture catalogue, and a suite of photographs of the internationally recognized choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones.

The Photograph That Kicked Herb Ritts’ Career Into High Gear (Getty Museum)

Getty Museum in LA Acquires Herb Ritts Photos (AFP/The Independent)