Juergen Teller is a German artist and fine-art and fashion photographer. Juergen Teller, was born on 28th January 1964. He is one of the most eminent photographers of his generation and successfully operates both in the commercial photography world and the art world.
Teller studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich, Germany (1984–1986). In order to avoid military national service he learned English and, at the age of 22, moved to London in 1986.
Teller’s work, in books, magazines or exhibitions, is marked by his refusal to separate the commercial fashion pictures and his mostly autobiographical un-commissioned images. He employs a raw, overexposed style and he uses a Contax G2 camera with an onboard flash. He prefers to work in color, and regularly includes himself in his photographs. His fashion photographs have been featured in The Face, Vogue (US, France, England, Italy), Another Magazine, Index, W Magazine, Self Service, Details, Purple, i-D and 032c, among others.
Teller first gained wider recognition in 1996 with his front cover of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine featuring a nude Kristen McMenamy with the word ‘Versace’ drawn in a heart across her chest. In 1997, Marc Jacobs began to collaborate with Teller's then-partner Venetia Scott to style his collections. Since 1998, Teller has shot campaigns for Marc Jacobs. For the brand's 2005 campaign, he photographed himself with Cindy Sherman. Other collaborations for Marc Jacobs campaigns involved, among others, Winona Ryder, Sofia Coppola, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Harmony Korine, and Roni Horn.
Teller worked with various fashion houses and designers for years, including Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood and Helmet Lang. Recently, he has teamed up with Céline. He also recurrently works with Björk, musician. Furthermore, he has worked with renowned names in the fashion industry, Sofia Coppola, Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, Rufus Wainwright and many others. Moreover, he has directed quite a few short films such as, Can I Own Myself in 1998 which featured him as well.
There have been many exhibitions of Teller’s work. Firstly, he participated in group shows at photography museums, like The Photographer’s Gallery in London in 1999 and Fotomuseum Winterthur in 2000. Soon after his Märchenstüberl series, his solo exhibitions were done at the Kunsthalle Mannheim; Munchner Fotomuseum in Munich; Museum Folkwang in Essen; Frans Hals Museum in The Netherlands; Inverleith House in Edinburgh; Fondation Cartier pour l’art in Paris; and Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna.
He also did group exhibitions such as, A Poem About an Inland Sea in the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 52nd International Venice Biennale, Click Double Click in Munich at the Haus der Kunst, Street & Studio at Tate Modern (London), Fashioning Fiction at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In Teller’s work, there is no line between fashion and art. He is a photographer who brings these two world’s together and displays them as one. This duality is reproduced in all his works. At one hand, he showcases nudity, celebrities and humor and on the other hand, Teller is the artist – displaying introspective and subtle works. It is difficult to predict Teller’s work, since he always creates something unexpected. All his subjects come together in astonishing poses and different intensities of emotions are reflected in each of his photograph. Teller aims to tell a story in all the pictures he takes. His work has given him a distinctive appeal and recognition worldwide among artists, fashion designers, commercial industries, musicians and art lovers in generals.
At the moment, Juergen Teller’s new work for Marc Jacob’s Men’s Fall and Winter collection 2013 is being described as “absolutely ripping”.