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The erotic photography of Bettina Rheims is celebrated in a limited-edition book.


Erotic photographer Bettina Rheims has been capturing striking images of women since the late 70s, spanning French strippers and transgendered prostitutes to Chanel ads and celebrity portraits. 

The new limited-edition book, Bettina Rheims, is a lavish retrospective of her signature style that marries glossy beauty and grungy imperfection across more than 500 photos. Of course, her celebrity work is a category unto itself, having photographed the likes of Madonna, Kate Moss, and Monica Bellucci.

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Here’s a few highlights from Bettina Rheims:

Madonna looks like she might need to pop an Advil in this debauched shot from 1994.
Showgirls co-stars Gina Gershon and Elizabeth Berkley share a messy smooch in 1995.
Actress Valeria Golino turns the tables on Rheims in 1991.
Dutch supermodel Lara Stone graces the book’s cover.