Bettina Rheims


Hélène Reitzaum

Planche(s) Contact, "a tribute paid by artists to Deauville

Bettina Rheims has been a portrait photographer since the late 1970s, a provocative, hypnotizing and avant-garde photographer who has captured women in all their states. She has been associated with the Planche(s) Contact festival since its creation in 2010.

"Planche(s) Contact is a tribute paid by famous artists and others in the making - invited for a residency in Deauville - to come and express themselves and bring their vision of Deauville. I was very amused to see how people as different as visual artists, fashion photographers, photojournalists... perceive this town", explains Bettina Rheims. "When you are happy in a place, you have to try to give back what this place brings you". It is in this spirit that the photographer has chosen to personally invest in the festival since its creation.

President of the jury of the Louis Roederer Foundation Student Competition, Bettina Rheims comes every fall, during the opening weekend of the festival, to appreciate the work of young talents from European photography schools, invited to Deauville for a residency in July. "This gives rise to debates within the jury, with completely different points of view. What's funny is that there's a trend every year [through this competition]; photography is evolving into something quite different from what it was when I started."

Bettina Rheims also chairs the jury of the photo contest "La 25ème heure Mondaine", which takes place every year on the night of the change of winter time.


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