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Couples by model-turned-photographer Ellen von Unwerth is what she calls a “fast” book—loud, fun, splashy. Small-size and thick like a bible, it is a very personal and powerful collection of couples of all kinds.

With the enthusiastic eye of a party guest and the attention of a true voyeur, premier photographer Ellen von Unwerth invites readers behind the scenes of the fashion world. 68 color & 119 duotone illustrations.

Today's most exciting woman behind the camera, Ellen von Unwerth's photographs are published in all the world's great magazines. Known as "the comical model", she started her career on the catwalk. Today she likewise adds a touch of humor to her fashion and nude photographs. While her colleagues concentrate their dramatic composition on capturing the "big moment", she deploys great sensitivity and intuition to hunt down the "decisive moment", where the irony and wit of reality slumber. Spontaneity is her forte, her motto being that life is spontaneous about revealing its best side.
Couples is fresh and unconventional, dissolving the traditions of the photography book. She wanted it to be a "fast" book - racy, loud yet high-caliber, with a handy format and as thick as a Bible, a book that is real fun. Spontaneous, personal and uncomplicated, playful with all types of couples: behind the scenes of life and fashion, sex and glamour.


Ellen von Unwerth, born in Austria and now living in New York, is the first to legitimately claim to be Helmut Newton's successor in women's erotic photography. In addition to Newton's crystal-clear, often frozen pleasure she applies her eye-twinkling, feminine and zesty joie de vivre and her alertness that she deploys to capture the dreams of others.

All images by Bookoff.
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