Photographer Interviews

What Paul Costello Learned Assisting Ellen von Unwerth

November 29, 2016

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Ellen von Unwerth

“TATJANA, Paris,” 1992, from Ellen von Unwerth’s book Fräulein. While working as an assistant for von Unwerth, Paul Costello admired her drive to push every shoot as far as possible.

In our story about photographers who have landed assignments by helping clients conceive images for their advertising, Paul Costello explains that he keeps coming up with ideas for additional images during the shoot. Costello says that when he’s working to create multiple variations and new scenarios, he sometimes recalls his time as a photo assistant in New York City in...

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