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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Photographer Profile ~ Ellen von Unwerth

Ellen von Unwerth (born 1954 in Frankfurt, Germany) is a photographer and director, specializing in erotic femininity. She worked as a fashion model for ten years herself before moving behind the camera, and now makes fashion, editorial, and advertising photographs.

Ellen von Unwerth found fame when she first photographed Claudia Schiffer. Her work has been published in top magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview, The Face, Arena, Twill, L'Uomo Vogue and I-D, and she has published several books of photography. She won first prize at the International Festival of Fashion Photography in 1991.

In 1998 and 2005 she was listed as one of the Most Important People in Photography by American Photo Magazine. She produced images for numerous advertising campaigns for the biggest brands like Victoria’s Secret, Chanel, Clarins Paris, Anna Sui or Van Cleef and Arpels. In 2001 Ellen was the principal photographer of an Armani exhibition in the famous Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Alongside the work of masters like Lartigue and Avedon and a number of reportage photographers, Von Unwerth cites Helmut Newton as an influence. “I think Newton is interesting because he uses technique, but ultimately it is the story and the models and the idea that is more important in his work, and what keeps the pictures from becoming démodé. Techniques date very fast.” Less might be more. Either way, it’s probably best to let her pictures, intuitively smart, sassy and provocative, speak on her behalf. Like she says “Women are not just there to be admired, they are there to be enjoyed” like her work. [via art photo expo and wiki]

Nadja Auermann

 Liv Tyler
Estella Warren 

Cindy Crawford


 Angelina Jolie
 Lana Del Rey

 Kate Moss

 Rose McGowen

 Penelope Cruise

 Zooey Deschanel
"(Women) are not just there to be admired, they are there to be enjoyed."~ Ellen Von Unwerth

 Zooey Deschanel

Lindsay Lohan

 Zooey Deschanel
 David Bowie and Kate Moss
 Christian Bale

 Emma Watson

 Milla Jovovich

Uma Thurman

 Adrien Brody

“Gabrielle d’Estrees and one of her sisters in the bath, 1595” interpreted by Ellen Von Unwerth.
Vincent Cassel & Monica Bellucci

Rihanna Ellen Von Unwerth 'Rated R' Album Photo... by bens777

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