Saturday, 7 April 2012

Ellen von Unwerth

I first discovered this photographer's work in a David Morris ad campaign back in 2006. I loved the shot below so much that I was straight on the phone to their PR department to find out a) Who had shot it and b) Whether I could get a print.


Sadly I could not, (the PR girl's advice being to tear it out of the mag - not that helpful), but I was hugely grateful for the introduction to Ellen von Unwerth's work nonetheless.

This woman is great - with commissions ranging from high fashion magazine shoots for Vogue, Vanity Fair and I-D, right through to album covers and portraits; her list of celeb subjects has become a who's who in the coolios of the last two decades.

Christy Turlington & Linda Evangelista shot for Italian Vogue, 1990


Despite being the same age as my mother, the erotic femininity that she has become famed for is still an underlying theme of her work. And I tell you what... it's pretty hot.

Photo from the 2005 book Omahyra and Boyd - a collection of shots of the beautifully androgynous Omahyra and her boyfriend Boyd. This is perhaps the cleanest shot of the collection...

Whilst her black & whites are my faves - the depth of contrast and richness of texture keeping even the raciest of her snaps away from the tawdry - her Spring/Summer 2012 campaign for River Island is lovely. The popping clashing prints are a thing of beauty and lay testament to the fact that dear old R.I. have actually got some ace stuff this season.



Here I am, 5 years later, and still no print.
I'm hunting, but any help would be appreciated - a print, and a bum like this. Please. Thank you.

Dioni Tabbers & Hana Jirickova shot for issue 40 of Japanese glossy Commons & Sense

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