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Ellen von Unwerth

German, b. 1954

Ellen von Unwerth is a director and photographer whose bold and erotic images of women have left an indelible mark on the visual landscape of the fashion world.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, von Unwerth was a model in Paris for nearly a decade before turning to photography. Her 1989 images of Claudia Schiffer for a Guess jeans campaign, echoing the playfully feminine style of 1950s pinups, earned both Schiffer and von Unwerth wide attention. Over the years, her work has been featured regularly in magazines like Interview, Vanity Fair, Vogue, I-D and The Face, appearing on covers and in both editorial and commercial contexts. In 1991, she won first prize at the International Festival of Fashion Photography.

Von Unwerth’s 1995 photoshoot of Drew Barrymore for Playboy magazine is among her most popular work and, coupled with an array of album covers for such artists as Janet Jackson and Britney Spears, gave her standing as a celebrity photographer beyond the borders of the fashion world. Von Unwerth’s pictures have a distinctive look and feel, with saturated colors and dense compositions, while also, in certain cases, paying homage to great photographers of the 20th century.

The 2015 Tree of Love, Bavaria, in which a nude model reclines inside the heart-shaped hollow of an enormous decaying trunk, recalls Edward Weston’s sensuous use of the body’s geometry in his compositions. And the dramatically lit Tic Tac Toe from 2010, showing a scantily clad woman posing on a city street at night, evokes Helmut Newton’s atmospheric photograph of a model wearing Yves St. Laurent’s Le Smoking jacket, shot for French Vogue in 1975.

Von Unwerth has published several books of her photographs, including Revenge, in 2003, and Fräulein, in 2009. Those volumes have been joined by one showcasing the photos of her series “Heimat,” in which she playfully combines visual tropes of traditional Bavarian life with her signature eroticism and wit. She is represented by several dealers, including the Staley-Wise Gallery, in New York, and Galerie Trabant, in Kitzbühel, Austria.

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Tete-à-Tete, Bavaria 2015
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
2 girls in traditional bavarian dresses showing their cleavage. In "Heimat" (german for homeland) invites viewers on a photographic journey through her childhood homeland of Bavaria...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth

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Archival Pigment

Ellen von Unwerth, The Story of Olga, Art Edition B
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Art Edition Book: 13.0 x 17.2 in. Pigment Print: 15.8 x 11.8 in. Art Edition limited to 125 copies (numbered 126-250), each with the signed and numbered pigment print by Ellen vo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth

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Archival Pigment

Freshly Bloomed, Bavaria, 2015
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Ellen von Unwerth Freshly Bloomed, Bavaria, 2015 30 x 40 inches edition of 7
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2010s Ellen von Unwerth

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Silver Gelatin

White Bunny II - model looking in the mirror
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Other sizes and high end framing on request. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous contemporary artists. El...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth

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Archival Pigment

Peaches
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Three sexy models in vintage style eating fruits. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. Her artistic achievements have been honored...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth

  • Peaches
  • Peaches
H 30 in. W 40 in.
Baccarat
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Ed of 15 Printed later
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth

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Silver Gelatin

Kate Moss Shopping II - in a light pink negligee, coat and wiping her face off
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Supermodel Kate Moss in a kitchen in front of groceries and a fridge wearing a light pink negligee and coat and wiping her face off after drinking milk. Ellen von Unwerth is one of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth

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Archival Pigment

Naomi Campbell
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Portrait of the supermodel in lingerie, gloves and knee-length boots on the phone. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the...
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Early 2000s Ellen von Unwerth

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Galleries Featuring Ellen von Unwerth

Preiss Fine Arts Photographers Limited Editions
4.8
Staley-Wise Gallery
5.0
Immagis Fine Art Photography
4.9
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