Ellen von Unwerth

German, b. 1954

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Ellen von Unwerth

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German, b. 1954

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Ellen Von Unwerth was born in Germany’s town Frankfurt in 1954. She had been in foster care at times in Bavaria. After graduating from high school, she joined the circus as an assistant to do stunts and magic shows. When she was 20, she was approached by a photographer who invited her to model. Soon she shifted to Paris to chase her career. She modeled for some really good photographers of that era. She kept that profession for ten years in the world of fashion and enjoyed her field.She felt that a model was restricted to listening orders regarding her poses. Hence she held a camera and decided to work behind it since she had gained experience in the field. With this step, she could let the models show some creativity in poses. At this time she was being given essential insight about photography by a photographer whom she was living with. Only after a few years, she came in to the light by doing a shoot for GUESS, Claudia Schiffer as the model. Works by Von Unwerth have been featured in magazines, such as Vanity Fair, The Face, i-D, Interview, Twill, Arena and Vogue. In 1991 she received first prize at the International Festival of Fashion Photography. By 1998, the American Photo Magazine listed her among the Most Important People in Photography. Since this time, she has been on the radar as being among the best female photographers with a natural talent to capture the sensuality of women. She was lucky that she experienced modeling herself and this part of her career aids her in understanding models’ minds, unlike photographers who lack this know-how and are on the other end of the bridge. Ellen Von Unwerth did not like the static positions of models, having to stand in a single pose for a really long time, so she reversed this culture at least in her photography. She promoted playful, kinetic and progressing gestures and poses in a model.

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Ellen Von Unwerth was born in Germany’s town Frankfurt in 1954. She had been in foster care at times in Bavaria. After graduating from high school, she joined the circus as an assistant to do stunts and magic shows. When she was 20, she was approached by a photographer who invited her to model. Soon she shifted to Paris to chase her career. She modeled for some really good photographers of that era. She kept that profession for ten years in the world of fashion and enjoyed her field.She felt that a model was restricted to listening orders regarding her poses. Hence she held a camera and decided to work behind it since she had gained experience in the field. With this step, she could let the models show some creativity in poses. At this time she was being given essential insight about photography by a photographer whom she was living with. Only after a few years, she came in to the light by doing a shoot for GUESS, Claudia Schiffer as the model. Works by Von Unwerth have been featured in magazines, such as Vanity Fair, The Face, i-D, Interview, Twill, Arena and Vogue. In 1991 she received first prize at the International Festival of Fashion Photography. By 1998, the American Photo Magazine listed her among the Most Important People in Photography. Since this time, she has been on the radar as being among the best female photographers with a natural talent to capture the sensuality of women. She was lucky that she experienced modeling herself and this part of her career aids her in understanding models’ minds, unlike photographers who lack this know-how and are on the other end of the bridge. Ellen Von Unwerth did not like the static positions of models, having to stand in a single pose for a really long time, so she reversed this culture at least in her photography. She promoted playful, kinetic and progressing gestures and poses in a model.

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