Chambre Close. Photographs by Bettina Rheims. Text by Serge Bramly. Gina Kehayoff, Munich, 1992. 141 pp. Quarto. First edition (reprinted 2007 by Schirmer/Mosel). SIGNED on half-title page and dated 1993. Hardbound with decorative, textured boards. Matching dust jacket. Printed bellyband. Color reproductions. Text in English.
Snow was falling over Paris when an elderly, elegant gentleman with gaunt cheeks and pale skin opened the door to a photo gallery in the sixth arrondissement...
Monseiur X is a perfectly discreet voyeur, a seducer of the Old School. Well educated and wealthy, he owns a complete set of photographic equipment and an obsessive curiosity about the female body.
The artistic collaboration of photographer Bettina Rheims and writer/art critic Serge Bramly began in 1991 with this book. The cultivated literary tone of Monsieur X's fictional 'confessions' is set against the artist's provocative nudes, which explore female eroticism and exhibitionism with a candor unrivaled in contemporary photography.
Fine- in Fine- dust jacket; few areas of rubbing at extremities.