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Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris

Edition of 1,500
Hardcover volume, 11.4 x 15.9 in., 332 pages, with booklet, DVD, and souvenirs in retro attaché case
US$ 1,250
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
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An erotically tinged elegy to Paris, Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly’s multimedia detective story spans art, fashion, sex, celebrity, and history. Fetishistically boxed up in a retro attaché case, this noir tale of mystery and magic includes a feature length film, an accompanying booklet, gathered objects (or are they evidence?), and the exquisite photo volume itself.

Collector’s Edition of 1,500 copies, each numbered and signed by Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly.

Ceci N’est Pas Un Livre

Bettina Rheims presents an uncommon case of seduction, secrets, and suspense

In this multilayered opus of poetic symbolism, photographer Bettina Rheims and writer Serge Bramly evoke 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, 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 while simultaneously featuring a host of celebrity figures including Naomi Campbell, Michelle Yeoh, Monica Bellucci, Charlotte Rampling, Valérie Lemercier, Inés 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 (or are they clues?): a rose, a mask, an Eiffel Tower statuette, 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.

Collector’s Edition of 1,500 copies, each numbered and signed by Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly.

Also available in two Art Editions of 100 copies each, with a signed and numbered C-print.
The artists

Bettina Rheims is a French fine art and fashion photographer. She first won acclaim with a dramatic series of portraits of striptease artists and acrobats, gaining a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou aged just 29. Subsequent series include Chambre Close (1990–1992); I.N.R.I. (1998), picturing scenes from the life of Christ; The Book of Olga (2008 for TASCHEN); and Gender Studies (2014). She has worked on advertising campaigns for major brands including Chanel and Lancôme, and taken portraits of such famous individuals as Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Faithfull, Claudia Schiffer, Catherine Deneuve, and Jacques Chirac. Rheims won the Grand Prix de la Photographie de la Ville de Paris in 1994 and the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2002.

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).

Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris
Edition of 1,500
Hardcover volume, 11.4 x 15.9 in., 332 pages, with booklet, DVD, and souvenirs in retro attaché case
ISBN 978-3-8365-2013-3
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris (Limited Edition)
Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly.
Rose - c'est Paris
Edition of 1,500
US$ 1,250
Bettina Rheims/Serge Bramly. Rose - c'est Paris (Limited Edition)