Ellen von Unwerth was born in 1954 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and currently lives in Paris, Berlin und New York.
Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most famous and influential photographers in the world. 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. Von Unwerth discovered famous models like Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova, creating worlds of imagery with them that have already gone down in the history of contemporary photography and are now an integral part of our everyday aesthetics.
In addition to her career as fashion photographer, filmmaker and video director, her work has been collected in numerous books and two photo-novellas.
Ellen von Unwerth has been published in all outstanding magazines and 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), just to name a few.
Ellen von Unwerth won several photography prizes and is exhibiting her work successfully all over the world.