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Ellen von Unwerth
Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most influential contemporary fashion
photographers. As a young girl she posed as a model in front of the lens
of famous photographers such as Guy Bourdin and Olivieri Toscani. Her
career as a photographer was launched in 1989 when von Unwerth
photographed the then 17-year-old Claudia Schiffer for a Guess fashion
campaign. From then on, her images appeared in prominent fashion
magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair and she received commissions from
among others Dior, Agent Provocateur and Ralph Lauren.
she is best known for her work in fashion, von Unwerth managed to
establish herself as an internationally renowned photographer across a
wide range of subject matters. She is a familiar face in the music
business. She has worked closely with the eighties band Duran Duran and
was responsible for the artwork and music videos of various music groups
and pop stars, such as Janet Jackson, Dido, All Saint, Britney Spears
Von Unwerth’s highly stylized and esthetic world is
populated by beautiful, young women in a glamourous, soft-erotic
setting. In her vibrant and sensual images, she emphasizes the feminine
playfulness and sexuality. Her models are always full of confidence and
energy. After a troubled childhood, which she spend in orphanages and
foster homes, von Unwerth lived a while in a creative commune. In the
early 1980s she worked for a brief period in a circus. The bright
lights, vibrant visuals and elaborate costumes would have a great
influence on her visual language and have urged her to tell stories of
escapism, freedom and transformation.
Von Unwerth currently lives and works in Paris, France.
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