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Ellen von Unwerth Art

Ellen von Unwerth (Germany, 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, 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 this year by one showcasing the photos of her new 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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Meow, Jessica Chastain
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Portrait of the redhead actress and Oscar nominee wearing a lace hairband with cat ears in front of a turquoise/blue background. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading gall...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Black & white portrait of supermodel Claudia Schiffer posing in a corset.
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful black & white portrait of supermodel Claudia Schiffer. She's posing in a black corset and grabbing her hair temptingly. Ellen von Unwerth - the female Helmut Newton - is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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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 Art

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Supermodel Claudia Schiffer from the side, without top and bare back
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Nude portrait of the supermodel under a sun shade - look from the side, without top and bare back Claudia Schiffer. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Uncover, Warsaw - nude portrait of a model from a behind on a stairwell
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Uncover, Warsaw - nude portrait of a model from behind on a stairwell The artwork is made and signed by the artist in a limited edition of 7. It is framed high-end in a black hardwoo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

Naomi Campbell - portrait of the supermodel wearing Mickey Mouse ears
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Naomi Campbell - portrait of the supermodel wearing Mickey Mouse ears The artwork is signed and made by the artist in a strictly limited edition of 7. Other sizes on request. PREISS...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

David Bowie and Kate Moss - portrait of the icons of music and fashion
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
David Bowie and Kate Moss - portrait of the icons of music and fashion Legendary portrait of the supermodel Kate Moss and music superstar David Bowie together The artwork is made and...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

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 Art

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David Bowie and Kate Moss - portrait of the famous pop star with the supermodel
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
David Bowie and Kate Moss - portrait of the two icons of music and fashion, pop star David Bowie and supermodel Kate Moss The artwork is made and signed by the artist in a strictly...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

The Big Catch, Bavaria
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Big Catch, Bavaria, 2015 C-print on Fujiflex paper 70.8 x 47.2 in (180 x 120 cm) Edition of 3 The photographer Ellen von Unwerth worked as a top fashion model for 10 years, befo...
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2010s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Other Medium

Beating It While It's Hot, Bavaria
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beating It While It’s Hot, Bavaria, 2015 B&W-print on Baryta paper 15.7 x 23.6 in (40 x 60 cm) Edition of 10 The photographer Ellen von Unwerth worked as a top fashion model for 10 ...
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2010s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Other Medium

Bye Bye Paris, Paris
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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Early 2000s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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C Print

Booh!, New York (Metrograph Cinema)
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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2010s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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C Print

Bubbly II, Paris
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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C Print

Bonheur (Happiness), Nice
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

Choker, Prague
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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C Print

Dog Walkers, Cannes
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

Untitled- sensual portrait of two models in masquerade costumes
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Untitled- sensual portrait of two models in masquerade costumes PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous contem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

Madonna - portrait of the star and icon of music
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Madonna - portrait of the star and icon of music The artwork is made and signed by the artist in a limited edition of 3. It is framed high-end in a black hardwood box with 99% UV-res...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Diane Kruger "Blue Angel" portrait of the moviestar inspired by Marlene Dietrich
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Diane Kruger "Blue Angel" portrait of the movie star and model inspired by Marlene Dietrich. The artwork is made and signed by the artist in a limited edition of 7. It is framed high...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

Double Trouble, New York
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Double Trouble, New York, 2008 C-Print 47 × 71 in Edition of 3
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Early 2000s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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C Print

Crash / Elle Macpherson - a portrait of the supermodel model "the Body"
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Elle Macpherson sitting in the kitchen and drinking tee. Naked, only covered with the newspaper "financial times", on the cover a portrait of Tony Blair , seems like he is looking at...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Sunset Strip II, Los Angeles
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Ellen von Unwerth Sunset Strip II, Los Angeles, 1991; printed 2018 gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inches Edition of 15
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

Dioni Tabbers and Jana Jirickova
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Ellen von Unwerth Dioni Tabbers and Jana Jirickova, 2011 Barythe print 40 x 30 inches Edition of 7
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2010s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Black and White

Untitled - colorful portrait of a model from behind wearing a corset
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Untitled - colorful portrait of a model from behind wearing a corset PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

Jennifer Lopez - glamorous portrait of the pop star and diva
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Jennifer Lopez - glamorous portrait of the latin pop star and diva in a star sparkling outfit PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography repre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Maid - crawling over a set dinner table in vintage look
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
MAID - crawling over a set dinner table in vintage look PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous contemporary a...
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20th Century Ellen von Unwerth Art

Maid Stockings - a model in a maid costume in vintage style
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Maid Stockings - a model in a maid costume in vintage style PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous contempora...
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20th Century Ellen von Unwerth Art

Kate Moss in Chanel & Karl Lagerfeld - supermodel & star designer portrait
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Kate Moss in Chanel & Karl Lagerfeld - portrait of the supermodel & star designer PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing th...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Sunset Boulevard
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
barythe print Edition of 15 signed and dated verso in pencil
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Photographic Paper

Mask, Paris
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Edition of 7
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

Kate Moss - b&w portrait of supermodel topless in vintage style
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Black and white portrait of supermodel Kate Moss topless in vintage style PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most fam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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 Art

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Silver Gelatin

Fräulein Cover, Rouilly Le Bas, 2002
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Ellen Von Unwerth Fräulein Cover, Rouilly Le Bas, 2002 20 x 24 inches edition of 15
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

Sunflowers
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Ellen Von Unwerth Sunflowers 2013 gelatin silver print 40 x 30 inches ed 7
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Silver Gelatin

Nudes at the Royalton - portrait of two nude models
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
The artwork is framed and signed by the artist in a strictly limited edition of 7. It is framed in museum quality with a black hart-wood box, mat and 99% UV-resistant acrylic glass. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Girl in chain, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Adriana Lima Wicked II
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful black & white fine art print of topmodel Adriana Lima on a broom. The Victoria's Secret star is posing in black tights and high heels. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

Adriana Lima Wicked
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful black & white fine art print of topmodel Adriana Lima with a cat. The Victoria's Secret star is posing from behind in sexy lingerie and black high heels. Ellen von Unwert...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

Vincent Cassel et Monica Bellucci, Paris, Celebrity, black and white photography
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 3 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 Ellen von ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Pamela Anderson, New York, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Playboy Bunnies, New York, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Rainy Day, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

The Story of Olga, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Peaches, Rouilly le Bas, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 22,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 7, Last piece available More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15, 1AP 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15, 1AP 120x180cm/47x...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

First lesson, Kate Moss, New York, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 7 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von ...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Maria Luisa with white Pearls, New York, Celebrity, black and white photography
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Kate Moss, Kino Paris, Celebrity, black and white photography
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 7 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von ...
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1980s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Eva Green,Celebrity, black and white photography
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Claudia Schiffer, Marrakech, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 72,000 € Limited Edition of 7 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von ...
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1980s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Eva Green, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Kate Moss, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 3 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 Ellen von U...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Better fun, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Upstairs, Paris, Celebrity, black and white photography, nude
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 7 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Christy Turlington & Linda Evangelista, Cannes, Celebrity, black and white
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Ravissantes
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von U...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Raquel Nave and Omaryha
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 70x100cm/27.6x39 in: Edition of 7 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von Unwerth is a photographer and direct...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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Archival Pigment

Nudes in the Royalton, New York
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 9,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 15 More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 120x180cm/47x70.8 in: Edition of 3 Ellen von...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Art

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