Herb Ritts: LA Style @ The Getty

Herb Ritts (1952- 2002) had a unique vision that helped shape the look of the 1980's. His use of bold graphic contrast, memorable highlighting of the human form, classical treatment of nudes, and dramatic location shots made icons of his subjects and defined him as one of the top commercial photographers of the decade. His retrospective at the Getty showcases the best of his career, including some incredibly iconic photos.

Runs at The Getty Museum, West Pavilion through August 26th.

A Conversation with Daido Moriyama @ LACMA

A Conversation with Daido Moriyama @ LACMA

Saturday, April 7, 2012 | 4 pm

Photographer Daido Moriyama (Japan, b. 1938) first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life.  His highly innovative and intensely personal photographic approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities.

In conjunction with the installation Fracture: Daido Moriyamaphotographer Daido Moriyama, architect Kulapat Yantrasast, and Edward Robinson, LACMA associate curator of photography, discuss the gritty erotics of Japanese urban life. Providing a harsh, crude vision of city life and the chaos of everyday existence, strange worlds, and unusual characters, Moriyama’s photos express a fascination with the cultural contradictions of age-old traditions that persist within modern society, along with the effects of westernization and consumerism.

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