Selected work
After Midnight 2007 Edition of 3 120 x 180 cm C-print on lambda imager printed on super glossy paper
Selected work
Sundance Edition of 3 150 x 200 cm Colour Inkjet printed on glossy paper
Selected work
Nightingale Edition of 3 180 x 120 cm Black and White print with lambda imager printed on Baryté paper
Selected work
The Mask (Paris 1991) Edition of 3 225 x 150 cm Black and White Inkjet print on mat paper


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 collector’s 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, MiuMiu and Blumarine as well as a series of advertisements for HBO’s Sex and the City both the series and the feature lm, 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.

  • 2003 – Revenge,Camera Work (Berlin), KammelMennour (Paris), Staley Wise (New-York)
  • 2005 – Omahyra& Boyd,KammelMennour (Paris)
  • 2007 – Be Fabulous,C5 Art Center (Beijing)
  • 2009 – Fräulein,KammelMennour (Paris), Staley Wise (New-York), Camera Work (Berlin), Michael Hoppen (London)
  • 2010 – Le Cinema d’Ellen,Le Bon Marché (Paris)
  • 2011 – Photographs” – Fahey / Klein (Los Angeles)
  • 2011 – Berlin at Night,NRW (Düsseldorf)
  • 2012 – Do not Disturb!,Michael Hoppen (London)
  • 2012 – The Story of Olga,Camera Work (Berlin)
  • 2012 – Caught!,Izzy Gallery (Toronto)
  • 2013 – Playdate,Staley Wise (New-York)
  • 2013 – Made in America,Fahey / Klein (Los Angeles)
  • 2013 – Little Beast,acte2galerie (Paris)
  • 2014 – My Way,Izzy Galerie (Toronto)
  • 2014 – Secret Service,Preiss Fine Arts (Vienna)
  • 2015 – Rebel Youth,Archive 18-20 (Paris)
  • 2015 – BlackOut,with Memorieslab – 10 Corso Como (Shangai)
  • 2015 – Wilden,Miami Beach Women’s Club (Miami)