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Heidi, Kitzbühel, 2003 © Ellen von Unwerth courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

Ellen von Unwerth »


Exhibition: – 21 Nov 2009

Michael Hoppen Gallery

124-128 Barlby Road
W10 6BL London

+44 (0)20-73523649


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Fräulein, Rouilly le Bas 2002 © Ellen von Unwerth courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

Ellen von Unwerth Fräulein Ellen von Unwerth worked as a fashion model for ten years before moving behind the camera. Quoted as saying "(Women) are not just there to be admired, they are there to be enjoyed," her erotically charged images of models, film and music stars are as well know as the subjects of the photographs themselves. The Michael Hoppen Gallery is delighted to announce 'Fräulein'; a show of personal favourites and never previously seen images from the last 15 years. The exhibition at Michael Hoppen will take place in collaboration with TASCHEN, who will be publishing a major monograph of Ellen von Unwerth's work, also entitled Fräulein. The text is written by Ingrid Sischy, the former editor in chief of Interview magazine and currently fashion critic at the New Yorker and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. The exhibition and monograph celebrate female icons in provocative poses: Claudia Schiffer, Penelope Cruz, Natalie Portman, Kate Moss, Vanessa Paradis, Britney Spears, Eva Mendes, Lindsay Lohan, Dita von Teese, Adriana Lima, Carla Bruni, Eva Green among many others. Known for her casual, playful attitude on shoots, her lack of pretense is the key to why her photographs resonate – they feel warm, human and fun. Von Unwerth's photography revels in sexual intrigue, femininity, fetishism and joie de vivre. Her subjects are never objectified, even though some may flaunt personal fantasies and others are guarded and secretive, suggesting that we have stumbled into a secret world. Fashion and fantasy are enthrallingly combined in a way no male photographer could dare. A supermodel before the phrase was truly coined, Ellen von Unwerth is responsible for several books of photography, as well as directing fashion short films and music videos. Top journals such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Arena, L'uomo Vogue and ID have been addicted to her inimitable fashion photography since she first picked up a camera. All the work exhibited will be signed limited edition prints, and will be for sale. The monograph Fräulein with be a limited edition of 1500 and will published in November.

Mask, Paris, 1991 © Ellen von Unwerth courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery
Dita's Room 2005 © Ellen von Unwerth courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery