Made in America by Ellen von Unwerth

Ellen von Unwerth’s work in “Made in America” shows her unabashed, spontaneous approach. Working with celebrities such as Rihanna, Evan Rachel Wood, Paz de la Huerta and Kate Upton, every image has that von Unwerth signature stamp of a youthful girl, giggling and posing for the camera, relaxed, confident and sexy.

 Melissa Rodwell & Ellen von Unwerth

Melissa Rodwell & Ellen von Unwerth

Since the beginning of it’s inception, The Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles has been devoted to exhibiting and selling some of the greatest photographers in the 20th century. It honors fine art photographers from all realms, from reportage photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson to fashion/art photographers like Irving Penn and Peter Beard. So it is indeed a perfect fit that they would exhibit Ellen von Unwerth’s show, “Made in America”.

From the press release, “Made in America” is a selection of photographs depicting the uniqueness and originality of Americana imagery by extolling the virtues of Hollywood personalities and pop culture icons. (artslant.com)

Ellen von Unwerth’s work typically has us engaged in a fun, albeit, naughty adventure. Her work in “Made in America” shows the same unabashed, spontaneous feel. Working with celebrities such as Rihanna, Evan Rachel Wood, Paz de la Huerta and Kate Upton, every image has that von Unwerth signature stamp of a youthful girl, giggling and posing for the camera, relaxed, confident and sexy. Ellen von Unwerth once said in an interview, “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”.

My favorite piece in the show was a photograph of Evan Rachel Wood aptly called, “Hollywood”. Shot in 2011, this 71 x 48 inches silver gelatin print was priced at $15,000. The picture really struck home to me, maybe because I was born and raised here, and have spent most of my youth growing up in Hollywood, but the print was phenomenal. And maybe one day it will hang in my home! Maybe!

Ellen von Unwerth has always been an icon to me and I was more than honored to meet her, shake her hand and tell her how much I love her work. I also got to geek out and have my picture taken with her.

Aside from being published in numerous magazines including Vanity Fair, Vogue and Interview, she also has shot ad campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Chanel and Guess, which she probably is most famous for. She also has had her work exhibited worldwide in museums and galleries. She lives and works in Paris. Lucky girl!!

Melissa Rodwell