Rose, C'est Paris.
Photographs by Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly.
Taschen, Los Angeles, 2011. 368 pp., Illustrated throughout, 14¼x10½".
Bettina Rheims and Serge Bramly's 'Rose, c'est Paris' is both a photographic monograph and a feature-length film on DVD. This extraordinary work of art, in two different but interlocking and complementary formats, defies easy categorization. For in this multi-layered opus of poetic symbolism, photographer Bettina Rheims and writer Serge Bramly evoke the City of Light in a completely novel way: this is a Paris of surrealist visions, confused identities, artistic phantoms, unseen manipulation, obsession, fetish, and seething desire.