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An MFA gallery dedicated to photography

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  November 19, 2008 05:05 PM

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Ritts Gallery
Brent Wilmot of Brockton, a student at Cardinal Spellman High School,
gestures to his classmates while discussing a photograph of Sinead O'Connor,
part of the inaugural exhibit at the MFA's new Herb Ritts Gallery.
David L. Ryan / Globe Staff Photo

How do you get an art gallery named after you? Well, you can be a world-famous photographer.

Today (Wednesday, Nov. 19) is opening day for the Museum of Fine Arts' Herb Ritts Gallery, the first exhibition space permanently dedicated to photography. The first exhibit in the new space is "Photographic Figures," a collection of more than 75 close-ups, nudes, and figural groups primarily from the 20th century. It runs through May 10.

More than 65 artists are represented, including Barbara Morgan and the gallery's namesake, Ritts (among other shots, he photographed Marky Mark Wahlberg in his undies for those Calvin Klein ads. Sorry, but they're not part of this exhibit). See below for a gallery of photos from the exhibit, as well as other Ritts' images.

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