As I’ve mentioned before, I bloody love Ellen Von Unwerth’s photography. Back in 2009, when she showcased her work for ‘Fräulein’ at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, I intended to go along and see it for myself. But as is the case for those of us who find ourselves pushed for time and money, and who are so often trying to align their schedules with friends who are similarly pushed for time and money, I ended up missing the show altogether. Much to my delight though, the legendary model-turned-photographer is now back at the Michael Hoppen Gallery. The new exhibition is called ‘Do Not Disturb’, and was shot at the curious Madonna Inn, Los Angeles. The rooms at The Madonna Inn are kind of hilarious, like a back catalogue of regrettable interior design trends over the years! Yet somehow, Von Unwerth has worked her magic, and through her lense the flamboyant themed rooms suddenly look boudoir-esque, retro and chic – beautifully complementing Von Unwerth’s distinctive style. Whether coquettish and gamine, or curvaceous and bold, Von Unwerth’s women always exude a blatant and irresistible sensuality. While her previous soft B&W shots evoked old Hollywood glamour, the saturated colours in Do Not Disturb look like what I’d imagine David LaChappelle might produce if he tried to create something subtle and tasteful…for a change.
‘Do Not Disturb’ runs until August 31st at The Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea.