Ellen von Unwerth is a photographer and director. In addition to her career as fashion photographer, filmmaker and video director, her work has been collected in numerous books and two photo-novellas. Von Unwerth’s first book, Snaps, was published in 1994 followed by Wicked (1998), Couples (1999) and Omahyra & Boyd (2005). Her photo-novella Revenge was published in 2003 accompanied by exhibitions in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Moscow. The Fräulein book was published in December of 2009 by TASCHEN and accompanied by exhibitions in New York, London, Paris and Berlin. In 2012 Ellen von Unwerth published the photo-novella “The story of Olga” as a collectors item with TASCHEN publishing house. Her photographs have been widely exhibited internationally including in Archaeology of Elegance (2012), Fashioning Fiction, exhibited at MoMA/Queens in 2004, and The Model as Muse, exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009). Her short films won prizes at the Lajolla Festival, the ASOFF Festival and several others.
After a decade as a fashion model, von Unwerth brought a firsthand knowledge of the kinetic energy of fashion photo shoots to the creation of her own photographs. Her sensual campaigns for Guess? in the early 1990s launched von Unwerth’s commercial career, and subsequently she has created campaigns for Agent Provocateur, Chantal Thomas, Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, MAC Cosmetics, Baccarat, Belvedere, Moët & Chandon, Cointreau, Veuve Cliquot, Absolut, H&M, Lacoste, L’Oreal, Dior, Diesel, Chanel, Kenzo, Miu Miu and Blumarine as well as a series of advertisements for HBO’s Sex and the City both the series and the feature film, Moulin Rouge and Cinderella.
Von Unwerth has also ventured into directing short films for various clients like Dior, Azzedine Alaïa and Katherine Hamnett, Guess and commercials for Guerlain, Clinique, Revlon, Victoria’s Secret, Cacharel and a range of music videos. Ellen von Unwerth was named honorary member of the Art directors club Germany in 2008. An ever-growing celebrity list includes some of the biggest names in fashion, art, music and design and Ellen continues to exhibit her work in prestigious galleries worldwide.