"Larger than Life"

PHOTOPIA Hamburg 2021 presented 21 large-format motifs by Ellen von Unwerth on the entire SUMMIT festival site.

The patroness of PHOTOPIA Hamburg, Ellen von Unwerth, used to be a top model herself before she swapped the catwalk for the camera. Today the native German is one of the most famous photographers in the world, who stages celebrities as well as unknown models for renowned magazines. With her extraordinary look and unorthodox approaches, she has played a key role in shaping photography over the past few decades. "Time Magazine" named her one of the ten most iconic fashion photographers of all time. She published her work in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, had stars like Madonna, Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian in front of her lens and discovered Claudia Schiffer, who was 17 at the time, among others. Most recently she presented her photographs in Stockholm in 2019, in New York in 2020 and in Tallin in 2021. In 2002 her works could also be seen in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.

Ellen von Unwerth opened PHOTOPIA Hamburg on September 23rd at the Hamburg Exhibition Center and also guided through her exhibition “Larger than Life”.

© Autoportrait by Ellen von Unwerth