Unwerth

(von) Ellen (1954). German photographer. Born in Frankfurt, she left home at an early age to go and live with a group of friends. She completed high school and worked first in Munich at the Roncalli Circus, and then as a model in Paris from 1975. Ten years later she moved over to the other side of the camera and started working mainly for various national editions of Vogue, as well as Interview, George, and Vanity Fair. She is greatly admired for her expressionist inspired images which are both captivating and aggressive. She has conceived numerous advertising campaigns for Chanel, Adidas, and Diesel and has worked with the designers Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, and Gucci. Recently she has turned her hand to cinema, with several shorts and a feature called Inferno. There have been many exhibitions of her work and four books: Snaps, Couples, Wicked, and the most recent, Revenge, which was published in 2003 with a print run of 5000 copies, 200 of which were signed by the author. She divides her time between New York and Paris.