Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most important fashion photographers of her time. If you have yet to discover the provocative tastes and fantastic talents of this circus performer / fashion model-turned photographer, I really recommend you do. I have been a fan of hers for quite some time (I used to buy The Face a lot in the 90’s) and I was reunited with her talents when I came across this shoot of Emma Watson for VS magazine’s SS10 issue, earlier this year.
Ellen von Unwerth has one of the most prolific careers of any fashion photographer. She was born in Germany in the mid ’50’s and has photographed some of the most beautiful and stylish women in the world for magazines like, Arena, The Face, I-D, Vanity Fair and Vogue. She took to the other side of the camera in the 80’s photographing her model friends, but it was the Guess Jeans campaign that made her and subject, Claudia Schiffer, fashion forces to be reckoned with.
Throughout her astounding career, using images of powerful femininity, she has pushed the boundaries in fashion photography. Think cigarette smoking, Betty Paige lookalikes wearing top hats, stockings and smudged red lipstick. To get more of an insight into how this fantastic artist creates her iconic images read this interview here. Otherwise, simply scroll through the images here representing a small collection of some of her work.
Kate Moss by Ellen von Unwerth “Charming Lolita” Shoot Vogue Italia, 1992.
Kate Moss by Ellen von Unwerth “Charme!” Shoot for Vogue Italia, 1992.
Winona Ryder by Ellen von Unwerth, 1994.
Juliette Lewis by Ellen von Unwerth for The Face, 1994.
Liv Tyler by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue Italia, circa 1995.
Nadja Auermann by Ellen von Unwerth, 1996.
Milla Jovovich by Ellen von Unwerth, 1997.
Chloe Sevigny by Ellen von Unwerth, 1999.
Vanessa Paradis by Ellen von Unwerth, 2002.
Britney Spears by Ellen von Unwerth, 2003.
Charlotte Gainsbourg by Ellen von Unwerth, 2006.
Marion Cotillard by Ellen von Unwerth, 2006.
John Galliano and Eva Green by Ellen von Unwerth, for Madame Figaro magazine, 2007.
All images compiled by William McFadden at home.frognet.net