Bettina Rheims: The Book of Olga by Catherine MilletWe dropped in yesterday at the Otherwise Bookshop in Rome, partly to get out of a sudden thunderstorm, and found that they had a remarkable collection of books. Wed already looked at a great many of them, and were preparing to leave, when I noticed this boxed book sitting on the top shelf of the art section. I had no idea what it was but was struck by its enormous size; I have rarely seen anything as big. According to data on the web, its 21.5 x 14 x 2.8 inches and weighs 12.3 pounds.
So we opened the box and looked at the book inside. Nearly all of it consists of glossy, high-quality photographs of the eponymous Olga. Some people claim its not pornographic, but I beg to differ. If this isnt pornography, then I have trouble understanding what the word means. Its your standard porn magazine fare: Olga nude, Olga in skimpy underwear, Olga doing things with sex toys, Olga doing things with other girls, etc. If you go to Google Image Search, you can see plenty of examples. There is a short and pretentious foreword.
When we got home, I looked it up and was surprised. The book is very rare. It was printed in a limited edition of 1000 signed copies, all signed by the author/photographer, and retailed for 2000 Euros a pop. No, that is not a typo. Every copy was sold.
We called Otherwise and asked how much their copy was. Its an absolute snip at 200 Euros. We thought we might buy it as a speculative investment; Not did some research and decided it would be too hard to resell. But if youre in Rome and youre feeling more optimistic, Otherwise probably still has it sitting there on its shelf.
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Bettina Rheims. The Book of Olga
Convert currency. Add to Basket. Cloth in a Clamshell Box. Condition: As New. Text in English, French and German. When her adoring husband - a powerful Russian millionaire - sought to have special portraits made of his wife, he asked none other than Bettina Rheims. Rheims was captivated by Olga's unique aura and felt excited by the challenge of finding aesthetic ways of doing the portraits so that they didn't feel like run of the mill pornography.
Your Shopping Cart. Your shoppingcart is empty! Don't have an account? Create your account. The Book of Olga. Whatever the reason, the paradoxical art of Bettina Rheims, who allows us to approach the most joyous excesses of colour, exhibitionism and voyeurism, the better to transport us elsewhere, into a place where eroticism is one with humour and deep humanity, is illustrated to particularly telling effect in this work.
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Bettina Rheims is a French fine art and fashion photographer. She first won acclaim with a dramatic series of portraits of striptease artists and acrobats, gaining a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou aged just Subsequent series include Chambre Close — ; I. Catherine Millet is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Art Press. She is also a curator and the author of many books, including La vie sexuelle de Catherine M. Your Shopping Cart.