Famed Filmmaker & Photographer Ellen von Unwerth Brings Her Distinctive Voice & Artful Style to Hey Wonderful
By Egotist / /
Hey Wonderful welcomes famed filmmaker and photographer Ellen von Unwerth for commercial representation. Her signature style combines fine art and irreverence, often depicting her subjects as provocative, flirtatious and powerful. Recent work includes fashion films for Vogue with Georgia May Jagger and Cosmopolitan with Miley Cyrus, a Shiseido commercial featuring Lady Gaga and a campaign for Hunger magazine with a music-driven branded short and editorial feature.
Through the end of this month, Von Unwerth’s photography appears in two prestigious galleries: Iconic photographs of Madonna, Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson and Jennifer Lopez are featured in the Preiss Fine Arts Gallery Vienna “Affairs” exhibition; and in what marks her fourth solo exhibition at Opera Gallery Zurich, “Pretty on the Inside” celebrates her “exhilaratingly elastic interpretations of the traditional fashion story and its supermodels.” Coming soon on September 5th, Swedish photography museum Fotografiska will open its first New York City outpost with a von Unwerth exhibition which was initially shown in Stockholm in 2018 and will tour London and Tallinn in 2020.
Von Unwerth’s own passion spills over to all her storytelling pursuits. She’s brought her coquettish point of view and sophisticated technique to branded films for Dior, Guess, Azzedine Alaïa and Katharine Hamnett, music videos for Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera and album covers for Rihanna, along with many other commercials and music videos. It was kindred spirits – “kick-ass people, alternative cultures, cinema and individual empowerment” – that inspired one of her newest endeavors, the limited-edition VON magazine. VON has featured covers of Cate Blanchett and Miley Cyrus, along with signed and hand-numbered prints of Von Unwerth’s original photos.
Born in Germany and currently based in Paris, von Unwerth’s work has taken her around the world. Her photography books have inspired many exhibits and are part of various permanent collections. They include Snaps, published in 1994, followed by Wicked (1998), Couples (1999), the photo-novella Revenge (2003), Omahyra & Boyd (2005), Fräulein (2009), DieSpieler (2010), the photo-novella The Story of Olga (2012) and Heimat (2017).