Ellen von Unwerth

26.03.2011 in00:36 in People, Portraits -->


Ellen von Unwerth (born 1954 in FrankfurtGermany) 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 for Guess? Jeans. Her work has been published in top magazines like VogueVanity FairInterviewThe FaceArenaL’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.

Von Unwerth did promotional photography for Duran Duran from 1994-1997 and did some photography for their 1990 album Libertyand 1997 album Medazzaland. Her work has been seen on other album covers, such as Bananarama‘s Pop Life (1991), 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‘ comeback 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‘sRated R.

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