Behind the Lens: Ellen Von Unwerth

If you follow this blog and/or my twitter you have probably already figured out that my new ambition is to become a photographer. :) Last week I visited a well-known art/design school in Budapest and decided that I'll apply for their two-year photography program (yeyyyy!!!). Unfortunately there is an admission test I'll have to take, so I'll really be focusing on photoraphy in the next few weeks. I'll try to visit as many exhibitions as I can and I'll try to discover the work of as many photographers as I possibly can... :) I'd love your help to prepare for this super important exam!!! Let me know who your favorite photographer is and why? I'll try to feature as many recommendations on the blog as possible! (I'll credit whoever made the recommendation --> promotion for YOU! :) 

The first one on my list is Ellen Von Unwerth. She might not sound familiar, but I bet  you have seen her work many times already! Among others, she shot the the Sex and the City 2 Promo/Cover but she has been featured on countless Vogue editions around the globe as well. I love her take on feminine sexuality and power. I am a sucker for black and write photography and her provocative shots are right up my alley!

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yolanda said...

Las fotos en blanco y negro me parecen super elegantes.

es said...

The pics have enough sexiness

Lynzy said...



Erica said...

She's one of my favorite photogs. She made Claudia Shciffer famous when she shot her for Guess in the 90s.

Diana Mieczan said...

Great that you decided to go for it...It will be so much fun for you...Those photos are so beautiful..and sexy:)
Kisses sweetie...

LifestyleBohemia said...

Gorgeous photos! Congrats on applying to the photography school. You have to go for your dreams and do what you love!

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i know nothing about "photographers" - all i know is when i see a picture and i connect - i love it! - these are great shots!!

*kiss kiss*
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Anonymous said...

Good luck!!

My favorite photographer is Juergen Teller. I find is work so intriguing.

Also, if you like him check out Juliana Beasley's lapdancer series.

Verus said...


Legekrol nem merek nyilatkozni, de szemelyes elmeny alapjan emlitenek ket fotost:
-16 éves koromban Parizsban vettem egy Henri Cartier-Bresson kep masolatot, es meg mindig kint van a szobam falan. (o nem provokativ, cserebe klasszikus)
-tavaly voltam egy Herb Ritts kiallitason (o mar joval modernebb)

Gratulalok az elhatarozashoz, biztos jol fog menni a suli, mert mar igy is nagyon szepek a kepeid! :-))


sayablack said...

I adore these pics.
Great inspirations!!


Farah said...

Amazing Gabby, I am sure you will get into that school no problem!!!




Juultje said...

photographers...oef so many...Tim Walker, Flore Zoe, Alexandra Valenti, Chris Craymer..

Exciting, new education, something different! Good luck and will keep my fingers crossed for your admission!

f said...

nice pics...so sad,i missed the exhibtion in paris


Fashionista- I am your fashion mannequin said...

lovely pictures!!

Laura said...

What an inspirational post!

I love my camera, couldn't be without it.

Richard Avedon is a favourite of mine. His work just makes me smile. I think all photography is good if you feel something while looking at it :)

Good luck,

Laura xx

Mary said...

Oo, love these pictures! I've taken a few photography classes and love it! I've got some names at home that I'll try to gather up for you to inspire a little inspiration! It's so much fun being creative with the camera. How awesome would that be for you to do a 2 year program! I'd be a little jealous... in a good, supportive way, though ;)

Delightful Bitefuls

Gabby said...

Thank you girls for all the amazing recommendations so far! Keep them coming!

Lauraloves. said...

wow, congrats on doing the photography program!

erm, I love Helmut Newton?



vicky h. said...

ahh so excited for you gabby! going back to school will be an amazing experience and I'm sure they'll be happy to have you! crossing my fingers for the test tho!

these photographs are super cute, in a naughty kinda way :)

xox Vicky
Bikinis & Passports

ps. posted those pictures of the "not so new" hair just for you :) not that big of a difference tho!

Stiene Saenen said...

Great photos! One of my favorite photographers is Peter Stigter, a fashion photographer :) xo

Anonymous said...

I love these photos! I actually don't know much about photography myself so couldn't name you my favourite photographer, but good luck with applying for the course!


Anonymous said...

Oh I think that's such a cool idea, well done! I've often thought about doing a photography course but I get put off by the 'technical' descriptions of the courses! Sad, huh. I bet you'll have so much fun.


I don't know enough about photography, but had I the time, I would love to do what you are doing! Good luck!!!! Your blog is going to sky-rocket.

BarelyVogue said...

Love these pics. amazing. Good luck with your photograpy


Alicia said...

love these photos!

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kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

best, best, BEST of luck on your entrance exam!

this must be a great school (i was a photo major in college, and i didn't know ANYthing at first :P), and it sounds like a very exciting program!

Krystal said...

wow an art school in budapest would be awesome! good luck :)

Bunny Ears said...

great pics, love them

Morning Cloak said...

This is sooo exciting for you! Isn't it great when you sort of surprise yourself and take on something completely new? I don't know very much about famous photographers, except the big fashion ones: Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, and Patrick Demarchelier. Maybe one of them would be good?

Marta said...

Hi Gaby! I've just mentioned you on my last post :) My favourite photographer is Francesc Català Roca. He's a master! He can do a collage of many different things in just one picture, so he manages to show many different elements in a balanced way, not easy!
I also like Robert Doisneau, very nice pictures, but Català Roca's work is nice, expressive and tender at the same time.

design traveller said...

Great photos. The real thing!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Well done, Gaby and good for you on your photograph course. I look forward to seeing more of your work. I adore these sgorgeous photographs you posted above - am a huge fan of Robert Doisneau;-)

v [ hobovogue ] said...

love these.

black and white's so powerful. once i figure out how to use a camera with a lens i will learn b& w photog as well. until then.. time to sharpen my photo editing skills....

love that one photo especially of the lingerie in the sand, the pose is amazing and the silhouettes/ different fabrics create such a stunning effect.

<333 v

Lacee Swan said...

these pics are AMAZE


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