mep-ritts-smallIf you think you’ve already seen this image, look again. Iconic as it and its subjects may seem, in the objective of the photographer, Herb Ritts, and of his deceptively non-chalant but in reality scrupulously careful mis-en-scene, what’s mis en valoir here is vulnerability: Before the camera, of the body, to others, even to environment. The photograph, “Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood 1989,” is among the Ritts oeuvres on view at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie of the City of Paris September 10 through October 15. © Herb Ritts Foundation and courtesy MEP.

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