Ellen von Unwerth is a German photographer and film director. In addition to her career as a 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, London, Paris and Berlin. In 2012, 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).
After a deacde as a fashion model, von Unwerth brought a first-hand knowledge of the kinetic energy of fashion shoots to the creation of her own photographs.
Her sensual campaigns for Guess? in the early nineties launched von Unwerth's commercial career, and subsequently she has created campaigns for Victoria's Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, MAC cosmetics, Baccarat, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Cliquot, Absolut, H&M, Lacoste, Dior, Diesel, Chanel, Miu Miu and Blumarine as well as a series of advertisements for HBO's Sex and the City - both the TV series and the feature film.
Von Unwerth has also ventred into directing short films for various clients including Dior, Azzedine Alaia and Katherine Hamnett, Guess and commercials for 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.