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 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 shortfilms won prizes at the Lajolla Festival, the ASVOFF Festival and several others.
After a decade as a fashion model, von Unwerth brought a first-hand 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.
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.
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.