Ellen von Unwerth

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Ellen von Uwerth:
The Supermodel Portfolio

Ellen von Unwerth Portfolio of Nine, 1989-2004
Black & white gelatin silver print on Baryta paper
Color C-Print on Fujiflex paper
21.6 in. x14.17 in. / 55 cm. x36 cm.
(framed: 27.16 in. x 19.69 in. /
69 cm. x 50 cm.)
Each individual photo is signed on reverse by artist

This lot features some of Ellen von Unwerth’s most iconic photographs including Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Nadja Auermann and more.

Ellen von Unwerth, born 1954 in Germany, gained wide attention with her sensual Guess campaign in the early 1990s, followed by campaigns for Absolut, Agent Provocateur, A.P.C., Aston Martin, Baccarat, Belvedere, Chanel, Chantal Thomass, Crazy Horse, David Morris, Diesel, Dior, Elisabetta Franchi, Ferragamo, G-Star, Guerlain, H&M, Hysteric Glamour, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste, L’Oréal, M·A·C Cosmetics, Mary Katrantzou, Mercedes-Benz, Miu Miu, Opel, Revlon, Rolex, Shiseido, Tommy Hilfiger, Veuve Clicquot, Victoria’s Secret, and many more.

She is a regular contributor to publications all over the world, such as Cosmopolitan, Egoïste, Elle, Glamour, i-D, Interview, Lula, Numéro, Paper Magazine, Playboy, Stern, The Face, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and many international Vogue editions (American, French, German, Italian, Russian).

Furthermore, she has directed short films for clients like Azzedine Alaïa, Dior, Guess, and Katherine Hamnett, and a range of commercials and music videos. Her book projects are an important part of her career: Her first book, Snaps, was published in 1994, followed by Wicked (1998), Couples (1999), the photo-novella Revenge (2003), Omahyra & Boyd (2005), Fräulein (2009), Die Spieler (2010), the photonovella The Story of Olga (2012), and most recently Heimat (2017).

Her works have been exhibited worldwide, and are part of various collections. Her exhibition “Devotion! 30 Years of Photographing Women” was created for Fotografiska Stockholm in 2018 and it was one of the opening exhibitions at Fotografiska New York in 2020, followed by Fotografiska Tallinn. In 2018, the monographic magazine Ellen von Unwerth’s VON was launched internationally, both in print and online. Von Unwerth has won several awards, including first prize at the International Festival of Fashion Photography in 1991, a LUCIE award for her career achievement in fashion photography in October 2019, a Royal Photographic Society award in 2020, and an Iconic Photographer Influencer Award in 2021.

Courtesy of the artist (@ellenvonunwerth)

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