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.

Nudes at the Royalton
Nudes at the Royalton
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Nude Photography
2 woman taking their black top`s off - sitting topless on a sofa. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. Her artistic achievements h...
Girl in chain
Girl in chain
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Black & white portrait of supermodel Claudia Schiffer posing in a corset.
Black & white portrait of supermodel Claudia Sc...
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Photography
Archival Pigment
Beautiful black & white portrait of supermodel Claudia Schiffer. She's posing in a jeans corset and grabbing her hair temptingly. Ellen von Unwerth - the female Helmut Newton - is ...
Adriana Lima Wicked II
Adriana Lima Wicked II
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Nude Photography
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...
Adriana Lima Wicked
Adriana Lima Wicked
Ellen von Unwerth
21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Black and White Photography
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...
Vincent Cassel et Monica Bellucci, Paris
Vincent Cassel et Monica Bellucci, Paris
Ellen von Unwerth
Early 2000s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Ellen von Unwerth
Early 2000s Contemporary Black and White Photography
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Playboy Bunnies, New York
Playboy Bunnies, New York
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Rainy Day
Rainy Day
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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The Story of Olga, 21century contemporary, black and white photography
The Story of Olga, 21century contemporary, blac...
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Peaches, Rouilly le Bas
Peaches, Rouilly le Bas
Ellen von Unwerth
Early 2000s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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First lesson, Kate Moss, New York
First lesson, Kate Moss, New York
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Maria Luisa with white Pearls, New York
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Kate Moss, Kino Paris
Ellen von Unwerth
1980s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Eva Green
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Claudia Schiffer, Marrakech
Ellen von Unwerth
1980s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Eva Green
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Kate Moss
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Better fun
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Upstairs, Paris
Ellen von Unwerth
Early 2000s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Christy Turlington & Linda Evangelista, Cannes
Ellen von Unwerth
1990s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Ravissantes
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Raquel Nave and Omaryha
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Nudes in the Royalton, New York
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Penelope Cruz, Paris
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Cherry Kiss
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Wicked, Adriana Lima
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Leg Show, Rouilly-le-bas
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Let’s Take a Walk, London
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Nude Photography
Archival Pigment
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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 ...
Tatjana Patitz, Paris
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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Elle Macpherson, New York
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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La Garçonne, Nadja Auermann, Paris
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
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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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Black and White Photography
Archival Pigment
Edition 3 Also available in: 40x60cm, Edition of 10 70x105cm, Edition of 7 150x230cm, Edition 3 Naked female blacksmith works with hammer and anvil to create an iron spider sculptu...
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, 21st century, cont...
Ellen von Unwerth
2010s Contemporary Color Photography
Archival Pigment
Edition 3 Also available in: 40x60cm, Edition of 10 70x105cm, Edition of 7 150x230cm, Edition 3 Two girls fishing on a boat wearing "Dirndl" at the Eibsee in Bavaria, Germany. In ...
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...
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