I was surfing Tumblr or something tonight and I came across this great picture of Herb Ritts and Madonna.
I saw it and remembered that he had died of AIDS, but couldn’t remember when. I knew he did a lot of work with Madonna, famously photographing her True Blue album cover, directing the video for “Cherish” and doing all the photos for The Immaculate Collection. So over to Wikipedia I went.
It was there that I learned that these two album covers, which I always thought were so similar, were both shot by Ritts.
I really can’t believe that it took me until now to realize this. Seriously. Someone revoke my fan card.
No wonder Olivia served as a gateway drug to Madonna fandom to so many Madonna fans. Also, no wonder why I won’t be recreating the Physical album cover on one of my year-end CDs. I’ve already done it!