Bettina Rheims’ photographic career began in 1978, when she took a series of photos of a group of strip-tease artists and acrobats, which would lead to her first exhibitions. This work would unveil Bettina Rheims’ favorite subject, the female model, to which she would frequently return during her career. “I love the flesh. I am a photographer of the skin”.
Rheims’ photography has always focused on the interior life of the subject, sexual but not objectifying, feminine but confounding gender, her portfolio is rich and deep. She has covered sexuality, political campaigns, celebrity, religion, and gender issues.
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