Ellen von Unwerth

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Ellen von Unwerth, photo: Filip Naudts, Paris 2003

Ellen von Unwerth (born 1954) is a German photographer and director, specializing in erotic femininity. She worked as a fashion model for ten years before becoming a photographer, and now makes fashion, editorial, and advertising photographs.


Von Unwerth found fame when she first photographed Claudia Schiffer in 1989.[1] Her work has been published in 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.[citation needed]

Von Unwerth did promotional photography for Duran Duran from 1994–1997 and did some photography for their 1990 album Liberty and 1997 album Medazzaland. Her work has been seen on other album covers, such as Bananarama's Pop Life (1991), Belinda Carlisle's A Woman and a Man (1996), Cathy Dennis' Am I the Kinda Girl? (1996), Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope (1997), British R&B group All Saints' Saints & Sinners (2000), singer-songwriter Dido's Life for Rent (2003), Britney Spears' album Blackout (2007), Christina Aguilera's 2006 album Back To Basics and her 2008 greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits and R&B singer Rihanna's Rated R and Talk That Talk.

Von Unwerth has also directed short films for fashion designers, and music videos for several pop musicians. She has directed commercials and web films for brands Revlon, Clinique, Equinox and others, many featuring celebrities.



  • 2003 - Revenge, Camera Work (Berlin), Kammel Mennour (Paris), Staley Wise (New-York)
  • 2005 - Omahyra & Boyd, Kammel Mennour (Paris)
  • 2007 - Be Fabulous, C5 Art Center (Beijing)
  • 2009 - Fräulein, Kammel Mennour (Paris), Staley Wise (New-York), Camera Work (Berlin), Michael Hoppen (London)
  • 2010 - Le Cinema d'Ellen, Le Bon Marché (Paris)
  • 2011 - Photographs" - Fahey / Klein (Los Angeles)
  • 2011 - Berlin at Night, NRW (Düsseldorf)
  • 2012 - Do not Disturb!, Michael Hoppen (London)
  • 2012 - The Story of Olga, Camera Work (Berlin)
  • 2012 - Caught!, Izzy Gallery (Toronto)
  • 2013 - Playdate, Staley Wise (New-York)
  • 2013 - Made in America, Fahey / Klein (Los Angeles)
  • 2013 - Little Beast, acte2galerie (Paris)
  • 2014 - My Way, Izzy Galerie (Toronto)
  • 2014 - Secret Service, Preiss Fine Arts (Vienna)
  • 2015 - Rebel Youth, Archive 18-20 (Paris)
  • 2015 - BlackOut, with Memorieslab - 10 Corso Como (Shangai)
  • 2015 - Wilden, Miami Beach Women's Club (Miami)


Awards for movies[edit]

  • 2013 - A Shaded View of Fashion n°6 - Sister Act / Beauty Prize
  • 2013 - La Jolla International Film Festival - Bus Stop with Amber heard and Silviu Tolo / Official Selection
  • 2013 - ASVOFF x MoBA - Red Handcuffs shot for Vs. Magazine / "Fetish" Grand Prize Winner
  • 2014 - La Jolla International Film Festival - Crystals and the Postman are a Girl's Best Friend for Sister by Sibling and Swaroski / Best Hairstyling
  • 2015 - Oslo Trend Film Festival - Chantal Thomass for Madame Figaro Magazine / Best Commercial Film

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ Wetherbe, Jamie (October 24, 2011). "Ellen von Unwerth's 'Photographs' mixes high fashion, sensuality". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 

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