Juergen Teller

Juergen Teller shot the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival campaign image featuring Stella Tennent wearing Vivienne Westwood AW/12


Born in Erlangen, Germany in 1964, Teller studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt fur Photographie in Munich, Germany. He has lived and worked in London since 1986.

In 2003, Teller was awarded the Citibank Prize for Photography, and, in 2007 was asked to represent the Ukraine as one of five artists in the 52nd Venice Biennale. He has also participated in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Tate Modern in London. His 2009 solo exhibition, Paradis at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York featured nude studies of Charlotte Rampling and Raquel Zimmermann in the Louvre Museum, Paris.

Teller’s work in books, magazines and exhibitions is marked by his refusal to separate the commercial fashion commissions from his autobiographical work. His photographs have been published in influential international publications such as W Magazine, i-D and Purple and has been the subject of solo exhibitions including The Photographers Gallery, London (1998), the Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna (2004) and the Fondation Cartier Pour l’art Contemporain, Paris (2006). Most recently, in April 2011, Teller exhibited Man With Banana at The Dallas Contemporary Museum and Touch Me at Daelim Contemporary Art Museum in Seoul, Korea. Les Presses de Reel published Teller’s catalogue for the exhibition, Touch Me, which was originally shown at Le Consortium in Dijon (2010).

For the past fourteen years, Juergen Teller has been working with Marc Jacobs on his advertising campaigns which were collated in the book, Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998-2009 by Steidl, currently in it’s 2nd edition. Juergen has also had long collaborations with other designers over the years, including Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood and more recently, Celine since Spring Summer 2010. Teller has also photographed celebrities such as Victoria & David Beckham, Kurt Cobain, Bryan Ferry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elton John, Arnold Schwarzenegger and OJ Simpson for editorial commissions.

From October 2009 – September 2010, Juergen wrote a weekly column for the well-respected German magazine, Die Zeit, where he presented a new photograph each week, which was accompanied by a written text about the image. These combined image text works were exhibited as a solo exhibition, ‘Texte und Bilder’ at the Christine Koenig Gallery, Vienna (2010), followed by the Moscow House of Photography, Russia and the Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, in Romania (2011). This series will be published by Steidl later this year as Pictures and Words, together with the collection of Die Zeit readers comments in the accompanying volume; Literature.

Teller has produced numerous monographs over the years, including the Steidl publication, Keys to the House (2011), which documents the landscape and activity around his house in Suffolk and the publication of Master III which has recently been released.



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