Item description for Ellen Von Unwerth: Couples by Ellen Von Unwerth...
Today's most exciting woman behind the camera, Ellen von Unwerth's photographs are published in all the world's great magazines. Known as "the comical model", she started her career on the catwalk. Today she likewise adds a touch of humor to her fashion and nude photographs. While her colleagues concentrate their dramatic composition on capturing the "big moment", she deploys great sensitivity and intuition to hunt down the "decisive moment", where the irony and wit of reality slumber. Spontaneity is her forte, her motto being that life is spontaneous about revealing its best side.Couples is fresh and unconventional, dissolving the traditions of the photography book. She wanted it to be a "fast" book - racy, loud yet high-caliber, with a handy format and as thick as a Bible, a book that is real fun. Spontaneous, personal and uncomplicated, playful with all types of couples: behind the scenes of life and fashion, sex and glamour. Ellen von Unwerth, born in Austria and now living in New York, is the first to legitimately claim to be Helmut Newton's successor in women's erotic photography. In addition to Newton's crystal-clear, often frozen pleasure she applies her eye-twinkling, feminine and zesty joie de vivre and her alertness that she deploys to capture the dreams of others.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 2.04 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2006
ISBN 3829602510 ISBN13 9783829602518
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More About Ellen Von Unwerth
Von Unwerth began her career as a model, but soon found herself behind the camera. Her work regularly appears in Vogue, Face, and Arena, and she is the author of Snaps.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ellen Von Unwerth: Couples?
Ellen - My favorite photographer. Apr 25, 2001
Ellen Von Unwerth is by far my favorite photographer! I haven't the foggiest idea of how a picture is taken, but I can appreciate a good photograph when I see one. The person who said, "a picture is worth a thousand words" must have thought up all one thousand of them in that instant, thus spontaneous inspiration! Ellen is SPONTANEOUS! I fell as though she takes pictures to make you wonder, marvel and enjoy the world around you, taking you away with a simple click!
Ellen is also unpredictable, as you turn the pages to this book you will see why! Although there is no denying her style, she manages to portray a variety of situations, there is no monotony or constant theme and her subjects are unpredictable in a wide variety of settings, these photographs are proof of her widespread intellect. I was actually expecting to see pictures of couples in a conventional way, but Unwerth managed to convince me that there are other types of pairs!
It is a witty, playful, and yes even inspiring book! Not to be taken too seriously, but to be enjoyed and digested like one would fine ice cream!
I could not leave out the always intelligent and wonderful introduction by Ingrid Sischy... That woman is a GENIUS!!
Something left of centre Jan 8, 2000
Fantastic... well worth the dosh. While it seems a few narrow-minded sorts will muse over grain, focus and the apparent 'cheapness' of her camera, Ellen injects life, soul, sexiness and humour into her images. The fun, intimate feel is only increased further by her supposedly rough focus and grain. For those who can appreciate a photo that isn't of a clean-skinned model against a plain black or white backdrop, Von Unwerth is an artist without equal.
Poor Quality Snapshots Dec 22, 1999
From this book, it seems that Ellen Von Unwerth has found a way to avoid the necessity to be creative or to develop technical skills. Perhaps it was thought that enough people could be fooled into thinking that since they are different they must be examples of sheer creative genius. The only problem is that she is not the only photographer who appears to be taking this shortcut to "masterpieces." A quick study of this book, and you too can learn how to take snapshots and play them off as sheer genius. ... Hmmm Let's see, how bout the random idea of a supermodel standing nude, except she's wearing army boots, and holding a half eaten corn cob in one hand and a light bulb in the other, all photographed with a disposable camera in the absolute worst possible lighting situation. No that's not in the book, but that's the type of image you'll find in it. Oh, and by the way, don't buy this book if you just want to see such naked super models, because there are better books with naked supermodels in them.
exquisite photography, graphic and raw Jul 23, 1999
Snaphshotty, but with a twist. These images are difficult to create, but Ellen von Unwerth makes it seem easy.These images are simple, graphic, and raw. Contrasty, grainy, out-of-focus and incredible. This is some of the best photography out there, fashion or otherwise. Buy this book to add to your collection of great photography.