Bettina Rheims, ‘Martha en guêpière, février 1987, Paris’, 1987, Galerie Xippas
Bettina Rheims, ‘Martha en guêpière, février 1987, Paris’, 1987, Galerie Xippas

About Bettina Rheims

One of France’s most celebrated photographers, Bettina Rheims has captured images of women—nude and clothed—strip-tease artists, and performers, and taken portraits of actors and celebrities for magazines such as Elle and Paris Match. Her series “Modern Lovers” (1989–91) features androgynous adolescents, while in the controversial series “INRI” (1999), she pictured scenes from the life of Christ. More recently, a powerful Russian oligarch, Sergey Rodionova, commissioned Rheims to photograph his glamorous, jet-set wife, Olga. That led to a second collaboration between the two and the production of a book of explicit images of Olga, which explores ideas of female sexuality. Rheims also took the official portrait photograph of the former French president, Jacques Chirac, in 1995.

French, b. 1952, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, based in Paris, France

Solo Shows

2016
Maison européenne de la photographie, 
Paris, France,
Bettina Rheims
2016
Fotografiska Museum, 
Stockholm, Sweden,
Bettina Rheims, I'll be your mirror
2011
Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 
Tokyo, Japan,
Made in Paradise
2006
Musée d'Art Contemporain, 
Lyon, France,
Bettina Rheims Retrospective
2006
Moscow House of Photography, 
Moscow, Russia,
Bettina Rheims Retrospective

Group Shows