Ceci n'est pas un livre, ceci n'est pas un film...

An uncommon case of seduction, secrets, and suspense

Art Edition limited to just 100 signed and numbered copies, each with the numbered original C-print Magic City III, 2009, 40 x 30 cm (15.8 x 11.8 in.), Harman Photo-Barythpaper, signed by Bettina Rheims.

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 complimentary 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 arthouse 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.

Fetishistically boxed up in a retro attaché case are souvenirs of this curious tale: a rose, a mask, an Eiffel Towel statuette (perhaps a murder weapon?), a booklet, a DVD, and of course the photo book itself. Invoke your inner detective: set the case before you, flip open the rusty latches, and devour the evidence....

Also available in a second Art Edition, with an alternative print.
The artists:
Serge Bramly is an artist, writer and essayist and frequently collaborates on artistic and photographic projects with Bettina Rheims. His books include Leonardo: The Artist and the Man (1995) and Le Premier Principe (Prix Interallié, 2008).

French artist Bettina Rheims produced numerous major photographic series, which have been exhibited all over the world. Her books include Female Trouble (1989), Modern Lovers (1990), Chambre Close (1994), I.N.R.I. (1998), X'Mas (2000), Shanghai (2003), Héroïnes (2007), and The Book of Olga (2008 for TASCHEN).
Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris, Art Edition B (Collector's Edition)
Few left

Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris, Art Edition B

Serge Bramly, Bettina Rheims
C-print on Harman Photo-Barythpaper, 11.8 x 15.8 in., hardcover volume, 11.4 x 15.9 in., 332 pages, with booklet, DVD and souvenirs in retro attaché case
$ 2,000
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
“Bettina Rheims does not take photographs; she constructs compositions, like a painter.”
— Le Monde, Paris, France
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Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris, Art Edition A (Collector's Edition)
Few left Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris, Art Edition A
C-print on Harman Photo-Barythpaper, 11.8 x 15.8 in., hardcover volume, 11.4 x 15.9 in., 332 pages, with booklet, DVD and souvenirs in retro attaché case
$ 2,000
Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris (Collector's Edition)
Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris
Hardcover with booklet, DVD, and further objects in suitcase, 11.4 x 15.9 in., 332 pages
$ 1,000
  • What's up
Exhibition
Retrospective Bettina Rheims
January 27, 2016 - March 27, 2016
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5 Rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris, France