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Ellen von Unwerth photographs as gallery launches new exhibition

She’s best known for her photographs of iconic figures including Kate Moss and David Bowie, as well as a busty Claudia Schiffer posing on the back of a convertible.

And now three of Ellen von Unwerth’s photographs will feature in Opera Gallery’s first post-lockdown exhibition Masterpiece from this weekend until July 25.

The exhibition will show that photo of Kate and Bowie, Heidi Klum flashing her bottom in suspenders and fashion models showing off their underwear. 

Superstars: Kate Moss and David Bowie hug in an iconic Ellen von Unwerth photograph which will feature at the Opera Gallery in Bond Street's new exhibition at the weekend (pictured in New York in 2003)

Superstars: Kate Moss and David Bowie hug in an iconic Ellen von Unwerth photograph which will feature at the Opera Gallery in Bond Street’s new exhibition at the weekend (pictured in New York in 2003) 

Busty: Von Unwerth, 66, made her name launching the careers of models like Claudia Schiffer -this one does not feature in the show but can be bought from the gallery

Busty: Von Unwerth, 66, made her name launching the careers of models like Claudia Schiffer -this one does not feature in the show but can be bought from the gallery 

Some of Ellen’s most famous photographs which do not feature in the exhibition, can still be bought from the gallery. 

Von Unwerth, 66, made her name launching the careers of Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, among others, turning them into modern icons. 

Her reputation for using the female gaze to celebrate the female form and women’s sensuality has made her one of the most in-demand fashion photographers.  

A moment in time: Heidi Klum flashed her bottom in suspenders when she was photographed by Ellen in Kitbuhel in 2003 and this photo will feature in the exhibition

A moment in time: Heidi Klum flashed her bottom in suspenders when she was photographed by Ellen in Kitbuhel in 2003 and this photo will feature in the exhibition 

Twinning: This cheeky model shoot, entitled Double Trouble and taken in New York in 2008, will also feature in the exhibition

Twinning: This cheeky model shoot, entitled Double Trouble and taken in New York in 2008, will also feature in the exhibition

The three photos included in the exhibition feature a series of the artist’s most iconic images from the decade that were defined by the original It Girls of high fashion.  

She shot Kate Moss for Vogue wearing a silk chemise while posing in front of the fridge. 

Ellen also shot Claudia in a lace bustier as she smouldered in front of the camera as well as her famous sexy lingerie campaigns for Guess. 

Got milk? Other images show Kate Moss posing in front of a fridge for Vogue while wearing a silk chemise for Vogue US in 1991

Got milk? Other images show Kate Moss posing in front of a fridge for Vogue while wearing a silk chemise for Vogue US in 1991

Wow! Naomi Campbell looks iconic in this black and white snap of her in lingerie taken for Interview magazine in LA in 1991

Wow! Naomi Campbell looks iconic in this black and white snap of her in lingerie taken for Interview magazine in LA in 1991

Muse: And Claudia looks like a complete bombeshell in this black lace bustier for Guess, shot in Morrocco in 1989

Muse: And Claudia looks like a complete bombeshell in this black lace bustier for Guess, shot in Morrocco in 1989

She's got it: Ellen also photographed the model in her lingerie once again for a famous Guess campaign shot in Mykonos in 1990

She’s got it: Ellen also photographed the model in her lingerie once again for a famous Guess campaign shot in Mykonos in 1990

The German photographer has previously said: ‘Technique undoubtedly helps make photography magical, but I prefer to work with atmosphere. 

‘I think that the obsession with technique is a male thing. I would rather search for a new model or location.’  

Opera Gallery’s post-lockdown Masterpiece Exhibition runs from 4th – 25th July 2020, at Opera Gallery, 134 New Bond Street, W1S 2TF, London. For more information visit www.operagallery.com   

Mysterious: She captured Nadja Auermann, for a picture called The Mask, for Vogue UK, in Paris in 1991

Mysterious: She captured Nadja Auermann, for a picture called The Mask, for Vogue UK, in Paris in 1991

Hats off to them: Karen Mulder and Deon Bray for Vogue US, taken in Paris in 1991

Hats off to them: Karen Mulder and Deon Bray for Vogue US, taken in Paris in 1991 

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