photo auction benefits youth arts charity, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the
Angeles—A 1992 photograph by Herb Ritts of Bruce Springsteen
will be available at City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction,
November 1st at The Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. The photo,
which shows the rock legend, guitar in hand, leaning against a dark canvas backdrop,
was produced for a Rolling Stone
magazine cover story. Proceeds from the auction benefit City Hearts, a 30-year-old
non-profit organization that sponsors arts programs for Inner City youth.
his photo session with Springsteen, Ritts recalled that the singer had arrived
at the studio without entourage. “Bruce Springsteen just walked in carrying his
gym bag with some t-shirts, belts and a pair of jeans, and sat down,” he said. “He
was basically saying ‘I’m ready to go’. Bruce Springsteen is not somebody who
puts out for a photograph. Instead, he wants a photographer to take him just as
he presents himself.”
is no stranger to powerful iconic images. A Ritts photo is recognizable through
its clean lines and strong forms. This graphic simplicity allows his images to
be read and felt instantaneously. His work often challenges conventional
notions of gender or race. Social history and fantasy are both captured and
created by his memorable photographs of individuals in film, fashion, music,
politics and society.
musicians will be well represented in City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo
Auction. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on portraits of Frank Zappa
(Greg Gorman), Duke Ellington (Leigh Wiener), Joni Mitchell (Henry Diltz), Grace
Jones (Marc Vieira), Michael Jackson (Nicola Goode), Bob Marley (Kim
Gottlieb-Walker) and Janis Joplin (Steve Banks).
the event will feature work by Jeff Bridges, Doug Kirkland, George Hurrell, Eli
Reed, Anthony Friedkin, Julia Dean, Michael Semaan, Helen K. Garber, Ruven
Afanador, Jenny Okun and Brian Leatart, among many others. High-profile Members
of the American Society of Cinematographers such as Richard Crudo, Emmanuel
“Chivo” Lubezki, Russell Carpenter, David Darby, James Chressanthis, and
Charlie Lieberman have donated still photography from their gallery showings.
programs have been that very special place for children to grow, experience the
Arts, and learn skills that help motivate and enhance school involvement,
community engagement, and a sense of caring and compassion for their local and
the global communities while encouraging and inspiring children to reach their
full potential. Founded in 1984 by Juvenile Court Public Defenders, Bob and
Sherry Jason, City Hearts has provided unique training and experiences in the
Arts to over 30,000 children since our inception. We believe that intervention
and prevention are key elements to nurturing our children to become creative,
compassionate and responsible young adults.
City Hearts is Southern California’s pre-eminent Arts education outreach
Hearts’ Photography program, encourages students to shoot with cameras – not
guns. “We teach our students to evaluate their lives and community with a
critical eye so that they may, in turn, educate others about their world and
tell their ‘story behind the shot’,” Jason explains.
and information: www.cityhearts.org
Sam’s at the Beach.