Ellen von Unwerth is one of the most influential photographers of today, and, as a renowned protagonist in the male-dominated world of fashion photography – at least behind the camera – she is an exception.
Equipped with a Leica S (Typ 007), Ellen von Unwerth put together a unique series for the S Magazine 8: without the limitations of a commercial assignment, but full of typical moments bursting with life. In a loosely associative series, we accompany a girl gang in search of happiness in the Wild West. The photographer’s refreshingly unconventional imagery thrives on a particular mixture of humour, cheekiness, frivolity and playfulness.
For the S Magazine, von Unwerth was able to mobilise some big stars to join in the fun: multi-talent, Marilyn Manson, who plays a heavyweight, the actor Micah Fitzgerald, the musician Caroline Vreeland, and the performance artist Millie Brown. They all invite the viewers to take a closer look, and to allow themselves to be carried away by the film-like sequences.
Ellen von Unwerth was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1954; after spending her childhood in an orphanage, she went to Munich when she was 16 years old and worked as an assistant at Roncalli Circus until a photographer booked her for a photo shoot for the German magazine Bravo. This led to her discovery by the boss of Elite modelling agency.
Ellen Von Unwerth - Wild Wild West
- 05.05.18 - 30.06.18
Leica Gallery NRW
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