Now on View: Ellen von Unwerth’s ‘Playdate’

Ellen von Unwerth has never been one to play it safe.

The former model-turned-photographer-turned-video director has been capturing the raw eroticism of the entertainment industry for years, starting with her discovering of Claudia Schiffer in the early ’90’s and spanning to big Hollywood names since (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst, etc).

In her work, von Unwerth focuses on the fetishism of stardom, turning household names into symbols of sexual provocation—taunting, teasing, provoking—in polarizing oversaturations and black and white.

Her new show, Playdate, at Staley Wise features some of her most iconic photos, and certainly does not disappoint. Just try to not to get too excited.

Photo by Ellen von Unwerth

About the Author: Fernando Bendana'