Herb Ritts Quotes


25 Herb Ritts quotes:



"Even though I didn't get a business degree, I enjoyed learning about economics."
"Actually, when I first started dabbling in photography, I was still working for my parents as a salesman."
"And what excites me most is the type of public, the fact that the Parisian people have a broader cultural understanding than many Americans do."
"Coming from California and growing up where I did, I've always had a fondness for and innate sensitivity to light, texture, and warmth."
"Each time I did assignments or editorials, I realized that I wanted to do something more. I saw that it wasn't just about the clothes."
"For me, the most important thing I learned was just honing my eye. I think I had a good eye."
"Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts, and photography is in their blood."
"I abstract it in my photographs: I like large planes and spaces, areas of texture and light, like deserts or oceans or monumental places."
"I always enjoyed art history because, growing up in California, my exposure was limited, and it was a new experience. To learn the history of art opened up certain things to me, made me see. It intrigued me."
"I did grow up next door to Steve McQueen, who was a very famous movie star at the time, but as a kid it didn't impress me. We always had great fun with him. He would take us out on Sundays on his motorcycles, riding around in the desert; he was like a second father."
"I like form and shape and strength in pictures."
"I think a lot of the time these days people are so concerned about having the right camera and the right film and the right lenses and all the special effects that go along with it, even the computer, that they're missing the key element."
"I was an economics major, which I enjoyed because I had a good business sense."
"I'd go down to the end of my street, to a garage that had a certain feeling about it, or a particular light; I'd take a picture of a friend who needed a head shot. That's how I learned, instead of having school assignments and learning camera techniques."
"I'm pretty selective. I generally edit the contact sheets and then do work prints. Because I have my own lab and printers, I can afford the luxury of going through the contact sheets for black-and-white, making up work prints, seeing them big, and honing them down."
"It's always more comforting to know that in any given corner of any room or any location you're on, you can make a photograph that you'll appreciate."
"Many people who excel are self-taught."
"Once you develop your own style, you know when you're able to give your best. Feeling at home is part of it, and I don't think that's an L.A. thing. It's a matter of the environment and of what affects you."
"Regardless of whether you speak the language or are familiar with a culture, the picture should hold up."
"That's why I felt so at home when I went to Africa. It didn't matter that I was halfway around the world in a foreign country, because all those elements are universal. And I think that's one thing about my work: It's universal."



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