Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly’s Rose, c’est Paris is both a photographic monograph and a feature-length film on DVD. This extraordinary work of art, in two different but interlocking and complementary formats, defies easy categorization. For in this multi-layered opus of poetic symbolism, photographer Bettina Rheims and writer Serge Bramly evoke the City of Light in a completely novel way: this is a Paris of surrealist visions, confused identities, artistic phantoms, unseen manipulation, obsession, fetish, and seething desire.
Equal parts erotica, fashion shoot, art monograph, metaphysical mystery, social and cultural archaeology of the French capital, and neo-noir art-house film—Rose, c’est Paris is the steamy tale of twin sisters, known only as B and Rose, and a third principal—the city itself. An abduction leads to a detective story that unfolds in the streets, cafés, cabarets, museums, abandoned factories, and grand hotels of Paris. What happened to the missing sister? Was there a plot? Was she really kidnapped? Is she alive or dead? Is it in fact a case of mistaken identity? Rheims and Bramly create a series of extraordinary tableaux suggesting all these possibilities and many more, featuring a host of celebrity figures, including Naomi Campbell, Michelle Yeoh, Monica Bellucci, Charlotte Rampling, Valérie Lemercier, Inès Sastre, Anna Mouglalis, Audrey Marnay, Anthony Delon, Rona Hartner, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Azzedine Alaïa, Louise Bourgoin, and Hélèna Noguerra.
After our limited and art editions, this book is now available in a standard edition.
"Bettina Rheims does not take photographs; she constructs compositions, like a painter."
— Le Monde, Paris
"High-quality black and white printing is matched by high-society S&M in a paean to Paris and its libertine heritage. Rheims and Serge Bramly pay homage to an almost vanished 1970s elegant Parisian decadence."
— The Art Newspaper, London
"ROSE C'EST PARIS is fabulous and spooky and wicked -- and should not be shown to grandma without warning. Anyone with a drop of affection for Paris will love it, even if they can't connect all the dots. The Surrealists wouldn't have it any other way."
— The Huffington Post, New York
"The renowned publisher of high-end art books has never shied away from erotica, and the just released Rose, C’est Paris continues the proud and cheeky tradition that has brought us everything from The Big Book of Beasts to La Petite Mort. Rose C’est Paris is an impressive collection of lush photographs by French artist Bettina Rheims and artist/writer Serge Bramly…Along with anonymously stunning women in mysterious/artistic circumstances, we’re treated to images of more iconically beautiful women like Naomi Campbell, Charlotte Rampling and Monica Belucci – all in various stages of existentially striking undress."
— Toro Magazine, Toronto
January 27, 2016 - March 27, 2016
Retrospective Bettina Rheims
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