Richard Gere's photography collection goes on sale at Christie's

Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022
Edward Weston (1886-1958), Nude (Charis in Sand), 1936; estimated at $100,000 (Image credit: Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022)

Best known for his roles in Pretty Woman and An Officer and a Gentleman, Richard Gere is also an avid collector of photography. Over the years, the actor amassed more than 150 images, many of which will be auctioned later this month at Christie’s.

Despite not referring to himself as an art collector, Gere owns images taken by some of the most famous photographic greats including Gustave Le Gray, Edward Weston, Robert Maplethorpe and Sally Mann. He first developed an interest in photography through his friend and famed fashion photographer Herb Ritts. In 1977, the pair worked together on a shoot that springboarded both their careers and encouraged Gere to pay attention to the person behind the lens. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.