Polaroids from Ellen von Unwerth archive to be premiered in Paris and London before going on auction

An exclusive collection of the best Polaroid photos from a top fashion photographer will premiere next month in Paris and London.

Ellen von Unwerth is a German fashion model turned photographer, shooting for Vogue US, Vogue Italia and The Face.

She rose to fame during the supermodel boom of the 90s and is one of the most celebrated snappers in the industry.

Her collection of Polaroids, featuring snaps of superstars such as Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, will be exhibited in London and Paris next month before being auctioned.

Ellen said, “Polaroids have a special place in my photography. I like the spontaneity and the energy they bring.

An exclusive collection of the best Polaroid photos from a top fashion photographer premieres in Paris and London. (this photo by Ellen von Unwerth was titled Babe Watching, Claudia Schiffer, Saint Tropez, 1994)

The former model rose to fame during the supermodel boom of the 90s and is one of the industry’s most celebrated snappers. Pictured: Miss America, Claudia Schiffer, Saint Tropez, 1994

The collection includes snapshots of superstars such as Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. Pictured: Chimney sweep, Kate Moss, Paris, 1995

Ellen von Unwerth (pictured this year) is a German fashion model turned photographer, shooting for Vogue US, Vogue Italia and The Face

The photographer often photographed supermodel Kate Moss. Pictured: Casting Kate, Kate Moss, Paris, 1995

In another photo, Kate Moss was seen in a red chair. Pictured: Splendor in the Garden, Kate Moss, Miami, 1993

The 68-year-old is credited with shooting the now iconic 1989 Guess campaign that helped launch supermodel Claudia Schiffer’s career.

She said: “I’m thrilled to premiere my Polaroids, which will provide backstage insight into some of my most iconic shoots, mixed with more recent celebrities and series.

‘Phillips is the perfect partner for this first auction.’

Yuka Yamaji, Head of Phillips Photos, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Ellen on Ultimate Ellen von Unwerth and to premiere her fantastic Polaroid prints.

This photo of von Unwerth is titled Like a Dude, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, Paris, 1996

Ellen said Polaroids have a special place in her photography. Pictured: The Green Baroness, Nadja Auermann, Paris, 1994

Yuka Yamaji, head of Phillips Photos, said the company was “excited” to work with the photographer. Pictured: The Red Baroness, Karen Mulder, Cannes, 1991

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The curation will be unveiled for the first time at Phillips’ galleries in Paris from November 7-11. Lovers, Karen Elson, Paris, 1997

The Polaroids will travel to London from November 16 to 22 for a public preview at 30 Berkeley Square before being offered up in the photo auction. In the photo: happy! Nadja Auermann, Prague, 1994

Ellen said she was very happy with the premiere of her Polaroids. Pictured: Jump over the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1988

Ellen’s selection of works offers a fun and insightful look at her creative process, capturing defining moments during the supermodel’s heyday of the 1990s and early 2000s.

A visionary and creator, Ellen has made unique contributions to the arts during her three-decade career, empowering women through her photography.

‘Ellen enjoys photographing women, and women enjoy being photographed by Ellen – this affinity underpins her distinctive images as seen in this exclusive offering.

In a piece entitled Miami Blues, Kate Moss poses in a colorful bikini on an ocher bed in Miami, in 1993.

German supermodel and actress Nadja Auermann posed in this photo called The Spy from the Cold in Prague, 1994

Phillips said they wanted to partner up after the success of their previous fashion collaborations. Pictured: Swinging Berlin, Twins, 1998

The company previously worked with Vogue, Calvin Klein and Steven Klein. Pictured: Drenched, Girls in the Bath, 1998

Some Polaroids are in black and white, like this one called Celebrity, Alessandra Ambrosio, Saint Tropez, 2005

Kaffee Klatsch and Karen Mulder pictured together in wide-brimmed hats at Cafe de Flore, in 1994

Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour sit together for a piece called Big Spender, Los Angeles, 1991

Paris Hilton was pictured in black and white at a Los Angeles car wash in 2004, posing in a bikini

‘Following the success of our previous fashion collaborations with the likes of Vogue, Calvin Klein and Steven Klein, we are delighted to offer collectors unparalleled access to these unique Polaroids by Ellen von Unwerth.’

The curation will be unveiled for the first time at Phillips’ galleries in Paris from November 7-11.

The Polaroids then travel to London from November 16 to 22 for a public preview at 30 Berkeley Square, before being offered up in the photo auction.

Jacky

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