Herb Ritts started his photographic career in the 1970's and gained a good reputation as a master of art and commercial photography. He not only produced images for Vanity Fair and Vogue, but also lead advertising campaigns for Calvin Klien, Chanel, Donna Karan and Gap.
The image of Drew Barrymore is full of soft tones and shades. It appears to have been lit from behind, creating a shadow accross the entire face, however, a light has been used to soften these shadows. The light behind is much brighter than that on the front, creating a stark contrast highlights, where there would normally be shadows.
The next portrait has been shot as a profile. The shallow depth of field, draws the eye directly to the face. The profile contains a variation of shapes, tones and light. The dark skin appears flawless. It is thought provoking image as it makes you wonder what the subject is thinking.
The image below this is that of an athlete. I love the way Ritts has deliberately cropped off the top half of the subject, but she can been seen in full as a shadow. It is a wonderful way to capture movement, strength and determination in the subject.