Bettina Rheims: retrospective

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Schirmer/Mosel, Oct 15, 2004 - Photography - 207 pages
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Since the early 80s, Bettina Rheims has been one of the most sought-after contemporary photographers. She came to fame with unusual portraits of women and female nudes. Both celebrities and unknowns posed for her in stagings of glamour and fame, of fashion, beauty, sex, and seduction. He subject is the visualization of female eroticism in its sensual, emotional and disquieting varieties, her trademark is a sensitive and delicate, yet provocative approach to the subject. In 2004, the Helsinki City Art Museum organizes the first major retrospective of Bettina Rheims' work, presenting important series, such as "Female Trouble," "Modern Lovers," "The Spies," "INRI," and "Why did you forsake me?" The exhibition will subsequently travel to Oslo, Aarhus, Vienna, Dusseldorf, and Berlin. The publication accompanying the exhibition provides a representative overview of her works between 1979 and 2002.

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Bettina Rheims, born in PAris in 1952, started her career in 1978 with a series on female acrobats and strippers. She has wroked for major fashion magazines. The 1994 recipient of the Grand prix de la photographie, she took the official portrait of newly-elected French president Jacques Chirac in 1995 and was appointed Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 2002. She lives in Paris.

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