Snow was falling over Paris when an elderly, elegant gentleman with gaunt cheeks and pale skin opened the door to a photo gallery in the sixth arrondissement…\n\nMonseiur X is a perfectly discreet voyeur, a seducer of the Old School. Well educated and wealthy, More…\n\nhe owns a complete set of photographic equipment and an obsessive curiosity about the female body.\n\nThe artistic collaboration of photographer Bettina Rheims and writer/art critic Serge Bramly began in 1991 with Chambre Close, which Schirmer/Mosel is publishing for the first time. It lives off the stimulating contrast between text and images. The cultivated literary tone of Monsieur X’s fictional confessions is set against photographs that speak a far clearer language. Bettina Rheims has a command of this language, which tells of female eroticism and exhibitionism as no one else does.