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Ellen von Unwerth Photography

German, b. 1954
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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Artist: Ellen von Unwerth
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 Photography

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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 Photography

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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 Photography

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Silver Gelatin

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 Photography

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 Photography

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Silver Gelatin

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 Photography

Carla Bruni Lavazza
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Glamourous portrait of the supermodel in a pool smoking with an Espresso coffee. Other sizes on request. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photog...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

Upstairs
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Semi-nude model in lingerie from behind ascending a staircase. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous contemp...
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Photography

David Bowie and Kate Moss IV
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Legendary portrait of the supermodel and music superstar in front of a lila background. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representin...
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2010s Ellen von Unwerth Photography

Penelope Cruz smoking Cigar
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Star actress Penelope Cruz smoking. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous contemporary artists. Ellen von U...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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 Photography

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Silver Gelatin

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 Photography

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C Print

Playboy Bunnies, New York
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer.
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Peeking Bunny - model with a bunny mask looking through a red door
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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Penelope Cruz, Paris
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in New York, NY
This photograph is an edition of 15. All editions are signed by the photographer. Larger sizes may be available upon request.
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Early 2000s Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Whip
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. Her artistic achievements have been honored with truly great photography awards. She discovere...
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Ellen von Unwerth Photography

Playboy Bunny - model with mask
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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Smoke
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Nude portrait of the supermodel in a Parisian 20s look smoking a cigarette. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most ...
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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 Photography

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Photographic Paper

Claudia Schiffer: Guess’ 30th Anniversary Campaign
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
“Claudia symbolizes everything that the Guess-woman stands for,” stated Paul Marciano when doing the anniversary photo shoot for GUESS. “Thanks to her timeless, highly personal style...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

Revenge - model back body with corsett in black and white
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. Her artistic achievements have been honored with truly great photography awards. She discovere...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

Bunny on Leash - models in dessous with bunny ears and stockings
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 Photography

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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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Madonna - the superstar with tights dresses as a bunny, before a gold curtain
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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Pamela Anderson - the superstar in a bunny outfit and sexy pose
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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Monica Bellucci, New York - the filmstar opening her bustier with a necklace on
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Monica Bellucci, New York - the filmstar opening her bustier with a cross necklace on Other sizes and high-end framing on request. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading gal...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

Pamela Anderson - the model in a bunny costume
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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Kate Moss Shopping III
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Iconic supermodel Kate Moss drinking milk in front of groceries and a fridge. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. Her artistic ac...
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1990s Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Girl Chain
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Girl Chain - a model in black sitting on a bed with a chain around her neck. Other sizes and high-end framing on request. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influentia...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

Bunny on pedestal - nude model with bunny ears
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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Guess' 30th Anniversary Campaign I
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
“Claudia symbolizes everything that the Guess-woman stands for,” stated Paul Marciano when doing the anniversary photo shoot for GUESS. “Thanks to her timeless, highly personal style...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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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 Photography

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Silver Gelatin

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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

White Bunny - Model with mask
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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Guess’ 30th Anniversary Campaign II
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
“Claudia symbolizes everything that the Guess-woman stands for,” stated Paul Marciano when doing the anniversary photo shoot for GUESS. “Thanks to her timeless, highly personal style...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

Playboy Bunnies, NYC
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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

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. The artwork is made and signed by the artist in a strictly limite...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Kate Moss Shopping - Supermodel in front of a fridge wearing a light pink dress
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Supermodel Kate Moss in front of a fridge wearing a light pink negligee and coat and holding a cucumber as a phallus symbol. Other sizes and high-end frame on request. PREISS FINE ...
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Early 2000s Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

David Bowie and Kate Moss II
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Legendary portrait of the supermodel and music superstar lying on sofa and carpet. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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 Photography

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C Print

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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Guess’ 30th Anniversary Campaign III
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
“Claudia symbolizes everything that the Guess-woman stands for,” stated Paul Marciano when doing the anniversary photo shoot for GUESS. “Thanks to her timeless, highly personal style...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

Tree of Love - nude model in a tree trunk
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Tree of Love - nude model in a tree trunk. Other sizes and framing on request. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. Her artistic a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Elle Macpherson, New York
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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

Snow White
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Erotic nude portrait of a model on a blue blanket in Bavaria, Germany. Ellen von Unwerth - the female Helmut Newton - is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the ...
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2010s Ellen von Unwerth Photography

Claudia Schiffer - portrait of the supermodel looking like Brigitte Bardot
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer in corset in Brigitte Bardot style. The artwork is framed high-end with a black wooden box, mat and 99% UV-resistant acrylic glass. It is made and signed ...
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1990s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

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 Photography

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Black and White

Penelope Cruz, Paris
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Munich, DE
Price range: 11,000 - 36,000 € Limited Edition of 7, 1 AP available More sizes: 40x50cm/15.7x19.6 in: Edition of 15 50x60cm/19.6x23.6 in: Edition of 15 Ellen von Unwerth is a photo...
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2010s Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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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 Photography

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Archival Pigment

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 Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Kate Moss
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. Her artistic achievements have been honored with truly great photography awards. She discovere...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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 Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Revenge - nude back in a black corset lingerie
By Ellen von Unwerth
Located in Vienna, AT
Revenge - nude back in a black corset lingerie. This artwork is made and signed by the artist in a strictly limited edition of 15. Bigger sizes and high-end frame on request. Our ga...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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Archival Pigment

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