(c) Ellen von Unwerth
The German photographer Ellen von Unwerth worked as a model for ten years before becoming one of the most original fashion photographers.
Worked for major international magazines like The Face, ID, Interview, created campaigns for Baccardi, Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, H & M, Diesel, Chanel, Miu Miu and Blumarine, directed music videos for groups such as Electric Barbarella and Femme Fatale, Duran Duran, and Is not Nothing But a She Thing Salt-N-Pepa, and years later released the super model Adriana Lima, photographed muses like Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Vanessa Paradis, Eva Mendes, Dita von Teese, Carla Bruni, Eva Green and Monica Bellucci. She published several books like the Revenge in 2003 with a show at Staley Wise and participated in exhibitions in New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Hamburg.
(c) Ellen von Unwerth . Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Melissa Haro
Compared with Helmut Newton in the beginning, still today she is sometimes mentioned as the feminine vision of Juergen Teller and Terry Richardson’s style.
Comparisons, corsets and cliches aside, the photographer created a unique style with grainy, blurred black and white images or color-saturated ones, operating with a feminine delicacy, elegance, eroticism and playfulness. Her work pulls us from pin-up and burlesque into court life, the pursuit of pleasure and amusement.
(c) Ellen von Unwerth . Emma Watson
I particularly like this photo session with Emma Watson due to the combination of sensuality with the young actress’s à la Lolita innocence ( this was done before the end of Harry Potter’s saga when, in the public eye, she was still seen as a child ).
(c) Ellen von Unwerth . Amber Heard for Vs Magazine
(c) Ellen Von Unwerth . Rose McGowan
(c) Ellen Von Unwerth . Keira Knightley
This last image reminds me so much of my beloved duo CocoRosie.
Images Via: Fashion Photography Blog
- Ellen Von Unwerth’s guide to provocation (dazeddigital.com)
- Juergen Teller Didn’t Want to Shoot Miley for Marc Jacobs Ads (fashiongonerogue.com)
- Vogue Italia January 2014 (pacodelalaurent.wordpress.com)
- Ellen von Unwerth Pulls a Terry Richardson, Shoots Models Gorging on Food (fashionista.com)