Coinciding with her major retrospective at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, Bettina Rheims assembles a thrilling, kaleidoscopic collection of more than 500 of her favorite pictures from the past 35 years.
From renowned series such as Chambre Close and Rose, c’est Paris to previously unpublished archival images and entries from Rheims’s own “diaries,” this is a uniquely personal record of a bold photographic journey that has shaken up iconography and pushed restlessly at the breaking point between beauty and imperfection.
This Rheims retrospective showcases more than 500 photographs from 35 years of daring, often defiant, photography. Personally selected and assembled by Rheims, the collection juxtaposes renowned series such as Chambre Close, Héroïnes, and Rose, c’est Paris with many previously unpublished archival images and entries from Rheims’s own “diaries,” detailing behind-the-scenes work and personal memories.
With equal attention to anonymous subjects cast in the street as to global celebrities including Kate Moss, Madonna, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell, the book showcases Rheims’s particular interest in female fragility and strength, and of the magic encounter between model and artist which disrupts codes of so-called eroticism to build up a new image system for womanhood.