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Ellen von Unwerth’s smart sensuality

Ellen von Unwerth’s smart sensuality

The photographer and director that catches the true femininity

After modelling for more that ten years on the most important catwalks of the world, model Ellen von Unwerth changed her ambition moving from the front side to behind the camera.


Claudia Schiffer for Guess, 2012

Worldwide popular photographer and director specialized in female sexuality, Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most versatile and original artists and she got to success during the Ninties with the photo shooting made for Guess? (1989) with model Claudia Schiffer.

Her pictures have been published on magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview, The Face, Twill, Arena, L’Uomo Vogue and I-D and she published many photographic books. In her photos, the artist can catch the sexual side even in the shiest girls, portraying them naturally and softly moving. They are never eccessive.


7000 Magazine, 2013

Ellen von Unwerth magically catches and celebrates the femininity of her subject in a fine way, a femininity that exalts the way of being a woman and not a sexual object. The photographer herself says:

“The difference is that I don’t stand behind the camera drooling. I think that women open up more to a female photographer. You can be a bit naughty and do things you wouldn’t do in front of boys. It’s more relaxed somehow”.


Eva Riccobono for Max, 2011

It’s about the tacit feminine empathy that is established between the muse and the artist and that pulls out the smartest and more sensual side of the woman that arises artistically, like models who aren’t afraid of the painter’s hand, or, in this case, the camera’s inquiring eye.

Charlotte Le Bon by Ellen Von Unwerth for Vogue Russia August 2014

Her look is elegant, erotic and evocative. It is expressed in every single picture which results feminine, sensual and transgressive. The subjects of her pics are mostly famous people and actresses like Penelope Cruz, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Ordon, Monica Bellucci, Charlize Theron and Kate Moss. And Ellen von Unwerth can in a masterly manner catch and show their soul.


Alessandra Ambrosio for Vogue Brasil, 2014

“Her photos are sexy – says top model Eva Herzigova – but with a kind of sense of humor that makes them funny and never tasteless”. This because her pictures are not artistic trifles of a girl who wanted to change her job, but images created with taste and irony and “downplaying” famous photographer like Francesca Woodman or Helmut Newton.

Ellen von Unwerth also makes short films, music videos and she directed commercials for companies like Revlon, Clinique and Equinox. A complete artist from photography to video that catches pure femininity without artifice or preset impositions.


Kate Moss for Vogue US, 1995


Lana Del Rey for Lovecat, 2012


Vs Magazine, 2013


Photoshoot for Chantal Thomass, 2005


David Bowie and Kate Moss for Vogue UK, 2003


Beyoncé for Giant, 2008


Photoshoot for Chantal Thomass, 2005

Cover: Vogue Italia 2006

Translated by GuiltyMag