Ellen von Unwerth Photography

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.

Morning Beauty (Claudia Schiffer)
Morning Beauty (Claudia Schiffer)
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Color Photography
A portrait of this famous supermodel with open blond long hair- posing in front of a window, covered with a pink curtain. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential ...
working hard from the Heimat series
working hard from the Heimat series
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Color Photography
Picture of 2 models in traditional Bavarian dresses working in a stable with cows: In the front a blond model with a green dirndl carrying a silver milk can. In the back a model with...
Dirndl - from famous Heimat series
Dirndl - from famous Heimat series
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Color Photography
Torso of a model in a green traditional Bavarian Dirndl - dress, wearing a golden necklace in the shape of a pretzel. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fi...
A scrub a day, Bavaria
A scrub a day, Bavaria
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Nude Photography
Archival Pigment
In this picture you can see a naked woman who takes a bath in milk and scrubs her back with a big brush. In "Heimat" (german for homeland) invites viewers on a photographic journey ...
David Bowie and Kate Moss
David Bowie and Kate Moss
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Black and White Photography
Legendary portrait of the supermodel and music superstar hugging. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous cont...
David Bowie and Kate Moss IV
David Bowie and Kate Moss IV
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
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...
David Bowie and Kate Moss III
David Bowie and Kate Moss III
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Legendary portrait of the supermodel in pink dress and the music superstar in front of a lila background. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photo...
Kate Moss Shopping II
Kate Moss Shopping II
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Color Photography
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 ...
Beating it - while it's hot, Bavaria 2015
Beating it - while it's hot, Bavaria 2015
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
Naked female blacksmith works with hammer and anvil to create an iron spider sculpture In "Heimat" (german for homeland) invites viewers on a photographic journey through her childh...
Banana Boat
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Colorful portrait of four models in bathing suits riding a yellow banana boat, styled in 50s French Riviera style. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine ...
Bathing Beauties
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Portrait of models in floating tires in a blue swimming pool, styled in Vintage look. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing ...
Garden of Eden
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Colorful portrait of a cheeky couple in a tree with red apples in a garden. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most f...
Meow, Jessica Chastain
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Photography
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...
Milla Jovovich
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Photography
Great portrait of supermodel Milla Jovovich wearing a drivers cap and a bow tie in front of a turquoise background. Her lips are red with her tongue out. Ellen von Unwerth is one o...
David Bowie and Kate Moss II
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Black and White Photography
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...
The big catch, Bavaria 2015
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Color Photography
Archival Pigment
Two girls fishing on a boat wearing "Dirndl" at the Eibsee in Bavaria, Germany. In "Heimat" (german for homeland) invites viewers on a photographic journey through her childhood hom...
Heidi, Kitzbuehel
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Color Photography
Archival Pigment
A girl with red stockings is walking on a hiking way in Kitzbühel, Austria. In the background you can see traditional cabin in the alps and the mountains "Wilder Kaiser". In "Heimat...
Marquise, Paris
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Color Photography
C Print
This print is signed by the photographer and is in an edition of 3. Please inquire for additional sizes.
Garce, Paris
Ellen von Unwerth
Early 2000s Black and White Photography
Silver Gelatin
This print is signed by the photographer and is in an edition of 15.
Parasol (Claudia Schiffer)
Ellen von Unwerth
1980s Black and White Photography
Nude portrait of the supermodel under a sun shade. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous contemporary artist...
Conchita, photographed by Ellen von Unwerth
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Color Photography
Art nouveau masterpiece the „Goldene Adele“ by Gustav Klimt interpreted with a portrait of Austrian singer and drag queen Conchita. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading ga...
Naomi Campbell
Ellen von Unwerth
Early 2000s Color Photography
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...
The Story of Olga II
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Nude Photography
Classical nude picture of a model from behind in a corset next to an ancient bust sculpture. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography repres...
Smoke
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Nude Photography
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 ...
Carla Bruni Lavazza
Ellen von Unwerth
Late 20th Century Black and White Photography
Glamourous portrait of the supermodel in a pool smoking with an Espresso coffee. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the m...
The Story of Olga – Smoke
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Nude Photography
Provocative nude picture of a masked model smoking and wearing lingerie. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famo...
Upstairs
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Black and White Photography
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...
Little Beast 2
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Color Photography
Provocative picture of two disguised models in rose underwear and with bunny ears on a sofa. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography repres...
Little Beast
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Photography
Provocative picture of a model in a pink/rose bunny costume eating a carrot on a sofa. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing...
Freshly Bloomed, Bavaria
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
C Print
Signed by the photographer.
Bathing Beauties II, Paris
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Color Photography
C Print
Signed by the photographer.
Baking Party – from the Heimat series
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Picture of four models with braided hair in lingerie kneading dough. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous c...
Keyhole - from the Heimat series
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Picture of a model in a pink dress and with braided hair spinning. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous con...
On the Horse - from the Heimat series
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Picture of three models in short leather trousers with a horse in Bavaria, Germany, in front of a traditional house. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fi...
Pretzel – from the Heimat series
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Picture of a model in a pink and blue traditional Bavarian costume looking through a Pretzel. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography repre...
We can do it! - from the Heimat series
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Black and White Photography
Picture of three models in short leather trousers in 50s style in front of brown wood in Bavaria, Germany. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art pho...
Playboy Bunnies, New York
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Black and White Photography
Silver Gelatin
Signed by the photographer.
Monica Bellucci
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Black and White Photography
Erotic and seductive portrait of the Italian movie actress and model with mask. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the mo...
The Mask (Nadja Auermann)
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Black and White Photography
Portrait of the supermodel wearing a lace mask over her face. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous contempo...
Ellen von Unwerth, The Story of Olga, Art Editi...
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Photography
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...
Leg Show
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Nude Photography
Cheeky picture of three models with suspenders in 40s vintage style from behind. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the ...
Penelope Cruz smoking Cigar
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Black and White Photography
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...
Fanfare, Bavaria
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Color Photography
Archival Pigment
Four girls in Dirndl playing Music in a traditional Bavarian cottage. In "Heimat" (german for homeland) invites viewers on a photographic journey through her childhood homeland of ...
The Story of Olga I
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Nude Photography
Provocative nude picture of the feast – from the famous “The Story of Olga” series. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. Her artis...
Naomi Campbell
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Black and White Photography
Portrait of the supermodel wearing sequined Mickey Mouse ears. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous contemp...
Kate Moss Cinema
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Black and White Photography
Portrait of the iconic supermodel, wearing glasses and a white coat. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing the most famous c...
Nudes at Royalton
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Black and White Photography
Picture of two models in stockings and high heels slipping the tops over their heads. PREISS FINE ARTS is one of the world’s leading galleries for fine art photography representing ...
Peaches
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Black and White Photography
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...
Bavarian Girls - Heimat series
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Three models in red and brown traditional costumes doing kitchen work for cooking in the alpine mountains of Bavaria, Germany. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influe...
Freshly Bloomed
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Colorful portrait of four models in bathing suits, styled in 50s French Riviera style. Ellen von Unwerth - the female Helmut Newton - is one of the most famous and influential photo...
Necklace
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Picture of two models with red lips wearing traditional Bavarian costumes and big necklaces in the alpine mountains of Bavaria, Germany. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous ...
Tree of love, Bavaria 2015
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
Naked female is sitting in a trunk that looks like a heart and shows her back. In "Heimat" (german for homeland) invites viewers on a photographic journey through her childhood home...
Kate Moss Shopping III
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Color Photography
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...
Kate Moss Shopping
Ellen von Unwerth
Early 2000s Color Photography
Supermodel Kate Moss in front of a fridge wearing a light pink negligee and coat and holding a cucumber as a phallus symbol. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influent...
Sack Race
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Nude Photography
Beautiful nude picture of three girls showing their buttocks at a sack race in the green meadows of the alpine mountains of Bavaria, Germany. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most fa...
Heimat
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Color Photography
Picture of a girl with red stockings and a thong from behind on a hiking way in Bavaria, Germany. In the foreground the blue sky and a green meadow, a alpine cabin and the mountains....
Morning Beauty (Claudia Schiffer)
Ellen von Unwerth
Late 20th Century Color Photography
Nude picture of supermodel Claudia Schiffer in Brigitte Bardot look, holding a pink curtain. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. ...
Claudia Schiffer in Bathtub
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Black and White Photography
Portrait of supermodel Claudia Schiffer in 60s style with her hair up like Brigitte Bardot. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. H...
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