Herb Ritts (1952-2002) was a remarkable photographer who more than one critic described as having the camera as an attachment to his body. Like Richard Avedon, George Platt Lynes, Horst P. Horst, and others, he made most of his money doing fashion and celebrity work. For our purposes, however, we will mainly be interested in his male nude and semi-nude photos. Despite having survived HIV well into the time of successful drug treatments, Mr. Ritts sadly died from an ordinary strain of pneumonia that most 50 year olds would have shaken off. His publicist said, "He died of AIDS."