For the Photo Fiend Who Lives (Mentally) Downtown
Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour: A Photographer's Life and His World, by Charles Churchward
Nan Goldin, by Guido Costa
When he died in 2002, Herb Ritts was one of the most famous celebrity photographers in America.
The Golden Hour celebrates his black and white nudes and his famed portraits of iconic figures like Christopher Reeve, Madonna, Michael Jordan, Cher, George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and others, with never before seen images and interviews with curators, lovers, and family members. (It even includes a chat with Christopher Buckley, Ritts' college roommate.) If you like more intensity in your pictures,
Nan Goldin overviews the legend's intimate snapshots of everything from domestic scenes to drag queens to drug abuse in 1970s and '80s New York. Goldin's pictures captured the tragic effect of AIDS on her friends and subjects, and tell the stories of cultural eras with candid depictions of personal moments.