Ellen von Unwerth | Evan Rachel Wood

Posted: February 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, Quotes

Von Unwerth seems less of an auteur directing her subjects than a co-conspirator who intimately knows the inner lives of these girls who want to have fun.

-American Photo

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

I think that, because I know what it feels like to be in front of the camera, I can be more sympathetic to my subjects. Being in front of the lens, you are very vulnerable. It’s not a nice feeling, and I don’t miss it. But it’s very helpful to know exactly what it’s like. When I was a model I hated when I wasn’t allowed to move, so I love movement and I encourage my subjects to play around, to move and to be silly.

-Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

When it is a good shoot , it is better then a party! Gorgeous girls, loud music and a bottle of Champagne, or two…

-Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

I’m just trying to make beautiful pictures. I don’t see my works as exploitative. They’re just cheeky, they’re fun, and the models aren’t complaining.

-Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

My favourite photographers are Helmut Newton and Jaques Henri Lartigue: one for the strength, sexuality and humour and the other one for the lightness and charm.

-Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

My boyfriend 22 years ago gave me a camera and a crash course about how it works, and that is how I started. I did reportage pictures in Kenya and shot my model friends, after I made them up and dressed them with my clothes. I knew already how to print black and white photos, as we had a lab in our tiny apartment.

-Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

I think that women open up more to a female photographer. It’s like little girls playing around. You can be a bit naughty and do things you wouldn’t do in front of boys. It’s more relaxed somehow. I think it’s an empowering experience – and no, I don’t believe they are objectified.

-Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

Evan Rachel Wood in the Italian edition of Max magazine, Ellen Von Unwerth

William McFadden has compiled an invaluable archive of Ellen von Unwerth’s work here.


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