Ellen Von Unwerth’s ‘Fraulein’
As if there weren’t enough reasons why I always desire to live in New York- now there’s another. The Stanley-Wise Gallery is staging a retrospective of Ellen Von Unwerth’s work. Von Unwerth is perhaps my favourite female photographer, thanks to ability to depict women in strong, often sexual, poses, but in a way that is never demeaning, and only seeks to highlight their power and strength.
Not one for those who are easily offended, as many of the images are err on the explicit side, but as the photographer herslf explained to the New York Times ‘It’s about women with my vision of femininity and individual personality… I like to show confident women who are comfortable with themselves, who embrace life and sensuality’.
Unwerth was a model herself for over ten years, and it is no doubt this experience which allows her to capture moments in such a non-obtrusive fashion. If you can’t get to New York, there’s a rather fabulous, rather hefty publication to accompany it, which pays homage to the her unquestionable skill. But you better hurry, as it's limited to 1,500 cpoies, each signed by the photographer...
‘Fraulein’ is at the Stanley-Wise Gallery until 30. January 2010.
Posted by Vicki Loomes