Bettina Rheims works within the medium of photography seeking to build a social consciousness and political awareness. Revolving her work around the female body, the artist addresses questions of gender and feminism with a sense of eroticism. 


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I still find myself having to justify being a woman taking pictures of naked women. It never occurred to me that there was something bizarre about it.

Bettina Rheims was born in Paris in 1952. Since her first photographs in the late ’70s, Bettina Rheims has defied the predictable. She started photography through work on female strip-tease artists and acrobats. In the end, these series of photographs led to her first exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. It was also the beginning of Rheims as a photographer whose main subject is the female body. From her series on Pigalle strippers (1980) to her cycle on the life of Jesus in I.N.R.I. (1998), from Chanel commercials to Gender Studies (2011), her work has shaken up traditional iconography and pushed...
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