I don’t know what to make of French photographer Bettina Rheims. Her photographic skills are quite good but, unfortunately, quite often she goes for what people might attribute to questionable taste or, at least, to an overly generous use of cliches.
Her being French probably means that she’s not doing it to shock conservatives. She’s also known enough not to need that kind of publicity - plus the European art scene isn’t as easily shockable as the American one anyway. It probably, as usual, boils down to what people think art is and what not.