Herb Ritts - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Thursday, October 7, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Literature

    Bulfinch Press, Herb Ritts: Work, n.p.; Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Herb Ritts, n.p.; High Museum of Art, Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection, p. 193

  • Catalogue Essay

    Other prints of this image are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Paul Tomlinson’s interest in fashion photography was triggered by his tenure as marketing director for an emerging fashion specialty chain in the late 1970s. Quickly thereafter, upon recognizing the relatively undiscovered talent of the leading photographers with whom he was privileged to collaborate, as well as the ample opportunities presented by the then-budding market for fashion photography, Mr. Tomlinson began amassing a collection that was as informed by guidance from fellow collectors, dealers and curators, as much as an unwavering trust of his own impeccable eye. With Herb Ritt’s Madonna, Hollywood, 1986, as one of the first seeds, Mr. Tomlinson’s collection gradually blossomed into a comprehensive repertoire, featuring works by photographers who, over the years, had come to form the pantheon of fashion photography, including Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, Melvin Sokolsky, and Albert Watson. The collection’s impact was further reinforced by the artistic dialogue between works by the aforementioned photographers and those of non-fashion subject matter, such as Lynn Davis’s hauntingly beautiful icescapes. Citing “strength of imagery” and “distinctiveness” as deciding factors in his final selections, Mr. Tomlinson’s collection is one that has gracefully eschewed fads and trends in favor of a timeless style.



Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage

Gelatin silver print.
22 1/8 x 18 3/8 in. (56.2 x 46.7 cm).
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 16/25 in pencil and copyright credit stamp on the reverse of the mount.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $27,500


8 October 2010
New York