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Bettina Rheims: Heroines [French] [Hardcover]

Bettina Rheims , Milla Jovovich
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  • Hardcover: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel Verlag GmbH (15 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3939128813
  • ISBN-13: 978-3829602983
  • ASIN: 3829602987
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 29 x 36.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,655,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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134 pages with 53 colour plates

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blue vein babes... 22 Jun 2007
By bohobozo VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bettina Rheims; Heroines: ISBN-10:3829602987.

Bettina Rheims has been a slow burn for me.

She is not a sensationalist - never going to be - and never going to be this years model - no fifteen minutes of fame.

She is an artist-photographer understanding women as only a woman can and makes it perfectly comprehensible to a boho like me.

She is awesome.

In this work she takes on beautiful women, mostly famous,from around the world,lures them into her studio and shoots them blue veins,transluscent flesh,blemishes and all.

A daunting task - a could-be/would be disaster for both model and photographer - especially for the models - who are shown here as they are - as they see themselves or as the photographer sees them - real portrait photography.

A campaign for real women - executed with aplomb.

Astonishing.

I find myself leafing through this book again and again - settling and discovering something new and fresh everytime - and it's a gorgeous feeling - seeing these women - sensing their experiences - celebrating their maturity.

Ms. Rheims develops and matures with every publication, and is absolutely going to be a cult figure in her time and a legend thereafter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reality is a let down. 21 July 2014
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
A large book which initially missed its mark with me. I found it cold alienating, the women someone were detached and locked into their own worlds. Obviously this is what the artist was trying to capture. But when I bought it, I wanted glamour and the hint of those dark secret worlds which are pursued within the other books which concentrate on photographing women. Here however the paint is revealed. The women are still locked into poses, but gone are the cooing cum shots of yore, the enticement.

Here the women, a variety of famous faces from various arts, look bereft forlorn, abandoned, morose, intense - some of which verges on the much castigated "heroin chic" but after having worked with people in the fashion business - says something about the world they inhabit. Whilst the pictures neatly composed in her previous work, depict the brash glamour - these dig into the mire and show the flip side. The women then reveal the truth behind the facade, or at least one truth. Can it all really be as morose as this?

Certainly it can be, this is a huge problem, when you "arrive," constantly caught in the whirl, playing the part, garners more attention, fame and wealth, but also increasingly problems with an elusive self as R D Laing puts it - the personal split between the image and the personal reality. This leads to an increasing desire to inhabit an interior world to recompense reality and more and more reliance on chemicals or creeds to shore up the discrepancies and glue the whole thing together.

So this is what the book, represents, not for the attention of the male lurid gaze, but more a social reality, art photography book still locked in that Vogue like world. Whilst the world loves a fake, it appears reality is a bigger let down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Heroines or confused models? 19 Mar 2008
By Akos Szilvasi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bettina Rheims' book "Heroines" is going back to Amazon. It is a high quality, elegant, color photo album full of craftfully created portraits of celebrity women who were set up to act distressed and decadent. The photographs are too explicitly stylized to believe that the models just came from a party, hungover and roughed up, their beautiful dresses torn and ripped from their bodies. Their expressions are hollow and hesitant, which leaves the viewer wondering if they understand what Rheims wants them to represent. Did she want to create a 60s European decadent look (such as the images of Monica Vitti and Anita Eckberg) where the subjects appear vulnerable and disillusioned with a sexual overtone? If so, I do not think she succeeded. Not even the forward, with Catherine Millet's well worded but not very enthusiastic review nor the reference to Lucien Freud helps to explain the artist's intent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blue vein babies... 30 Dec 2008
By bohobozo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Bettina Rheims; Heroines: ISBN-10:3829602987.

Bettina Rheims has been a slow burn for me.
She is not a sensationalist - never going to be - and never going to be this years model - no fifteen minutes of fame.
She is an artist-photographer understanding women as only a woman can and makes it perfectly comprehensible to a boho like me.
She is awesome.
In this work she takes on beautiful women, mostly famous,from around the world,lures them into her studio and shoots them blue veins,transluscent flesh,blemishes and all.
A daunting task - a could-be/would be disaster for both model and photographer - especially for the models - who are shown here as they are - as they see themselves or as the photographer sees them - real portrait photography.
A campaign for real women - executed with aplomb.
Astonishing.
I find myself leafing through this book again and again - settling and discovering something new and fresh everytime - and it's a gorgeous feeling - seeing these women - sensing their experiences - celebrating their maturity.
Ms. Rheims develops and matures with every publication, and is absolutely going to be a cult figure in her time and a legend thereafter.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skin Light Stone Clothes 30 Aug 2008
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great book , encourages me to explore further my portraiture photography of women , Bettina Rheims raw honest expose of her models is refreshing and exciting!
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