A time capsule to another era, the photographer is auctioning off a handful of her most evocative shots of Kate, Naomi and Claudia.
"These kinds of polaroids don't exist anymore," Ellen von Unwerth tells me on the phone from Paris. While she mainly shoots digitally now, in the 90s and early 00s, Ellen used Type 100 peel-apart film as a preview. It was a quick method to see how a photoshoot would develop. Decades later, her visual archive of polaroids eventually became stolen moments: small windows into the peak of the supermodel era.
Phillips will be presenting Ultimate Ellen von Unwerth, a sale of her Polaroids, on 22 November 2022, with exhibitions in Paris and London beforehand. These previews feature pure nostalgia: a little insight behind the scenes when much less was known about the lives of supermodels outside of the glossy editorials and campaigns. Her polaroids add colour to those missing details.