Bettina Rheims was born in 1952 in Neuilly-sur-Seine next to Paris. Her career as a photographer started at the end of the 1970s after she had worked for a short period of time as a model. From then onwards her interest has layed in feminity with all its erotic and voyeuristic facets. Besides the collaboration with prestigious fashion magazines and advertising agencies Bettina Rheims published numerous prestigious photo books, including »Female Trouble« (1991) and »Chambre Close« (1992). While working on the series »Modern Lovers« and the book project »Kim«, which arose out of the intense collaboration with the transsexual Kim Harlow, Bettina Rheims developed an interest for the artistic involvement with the topic of transsexuality and transgender. With her project »Modern Lovers« she refers to the play with androgyny. With »Gender Studies« she advertises the understanding of transgender and shows with the portrayed like the Australian model Andrej Pejic that sexual flexibility allows the individual a lot of freedom, within everybody’s own identity.
In 1994, her hometown Paris awarded her with the Grand Prix de la Photography, an appreciation for the visual involvement with project-topics like the sexual orientation, but also for her erotic and electrifying staging of the female body.
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