Juergen Teller /   Jürgen Teller

Germany 1964



Juergen Teller
Jürgen Teller
August 26, 2013
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It takes a lot to be the best at something. To stand out among many in your respective field and forge your path to stars is a destiny not meant for just anyone. Juergen Teller is a German photographer who has made a name for himself in the world of contemporary photography and is considered as one of the most important artists of his generation. Known for his uncanny ability to mix the commercial side of the job with his own artistic preferences, Teller is at the top of today’s fashion photography. His flashed-out style is something that many are trying to imitate. The blemished, raw set-ups are his signature featured, along with the constant coaxing his celebrity subjects out of their comfort zones.

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Juergen Teller – Smiling Ed, 2005, photo courtesy of Lehmann Maupin Gallery

Biography of Juergen Teller

Teller was born in Enlargen and has studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich, and after graduation, he moved to London in 1986. It wasn’t long before he found work in the music industry, shooting covers. One of his first major hits was a photograph of Sinéad O’Connor for the single Nothing Compares 2 You in 1990, and the year later, he photographed Kurt Cobain, making a series that will achieve an iconic status. In August of 1994, Teller shot a Kate Moss for the cover of his first British Vogue and two months later, his photograph was once again on the cover, this time featuring Linda Evangelista. Working for Versace and Kristen McMenamy in 1996 led to the development of his gritty aesthetics. Many more gigs followed, and Teller gradually became one the most influential photographers of his generation. His process has been imitated a number of times, rather unsuccessfully. His uniqueness lies in the fact that he works instinctively with the subject I’m photographing, and no one can copy an instinct. As Teller states, he’s merely reacting to his subject, adapting to the situation, and nobody can think and feel exactly like he does.

For his first cover of British Vogue, Teller photographed Kate Moss in 1994

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Juergen Teller – Young Pink Kate, London, 1998, image courtesy of Lehmann Maupin Gallery

Blending Fashion and Art

Being one of few fashion photographers who successfully manages to blend the two seemingly complementary fields, the demand for Teller’s work is always high. Not thinking about the money (the eternal inspiration for some and their biggest flaw), the photographer approaches his work with the idea of wanting to do as good as he possibly can. Failing is also an option, you can try out one specific direction, and it can lead to something even better that you didn’t even know in the first place. ‘’I think it’s really important to not be afraid of failure and to push yourself to try things and jump in the cold water.’’ Also, there are some incredible opportunities within the framework of commercial restraint. Most of the time he works commercially with someone, Teller keeps it completely direct, even if it’s someone such as Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs or Phoebe Philo on the other side of communication. It’s a privilege for every single model to work with someone as talented as Teller.

Teller is one of the most important artists of his generation, and many famous models have appeared in his pictures

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Juergen Teller – Spring-Summer Campaing for Céline, 2016 image via thedapifer.com

He Won’t Just Shoot Anyone

In 2014, one of the world’s most controversial musicians, Miley Cyrus, found herself offended as Teller refused to photograph the Marc Jacobs’ Spring Collection that Miley should have been the star of. And she was, just photographed by someone else. Teller and Jacobs had a long term business cooperation and understanding on the topics of artistic freedoms, but in this instance, the necessary discussion was simply not there. The photographer said afterwards that some compromises always need to be made in that field, and felt like he was forced to do something he didn’t want to do. However, there were absolutely no problems whatsoever with Sinéad O’Connor, Kurt Cobain, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Kristen McMenamy, Boris Becker and Claudia Schiffer, Pamela Anderson, Angela Missoni, and many others, as all of those editorials were successful. His work appeared in Vogue, The Face, Another Magazine, Index, and many, many more.

Juergen Teller lives and works in London.

Featured image: Juergen Teller – portrait, image courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Enjoy Your Life!Kunsthalle Bonn, Bonn, GermanySolo
2016VOGUE 100: A Century of StyleNational Portrait Gallery, London, UKGroup
2015The ClinicContemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, GermanySolo
2015Violence and Destruction: 6th FotofestivalKunstverein Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, GermanyGroup
2015Free the NightWestminster Tube Station with Annin Arts and TFL, London, United KingdomGroup
2015Future Seasons PastLehmann Maupin, New York, NYGroup
2015Earth Matters: When Natural & Creative Forces MeetArtipelag Art Gallery, Varmdo, SwedenGroup
2015a Lie about a Lie, a truth about The truthLittle Big Man Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015Station to StationBarbican Centre, London, UKGroup
2015History of Belgian FashionBOZAR Centre, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2015HorizonLehmann Maupin, Hong KongGroup
2015Faces Now: European Portrait Photography Since 1990Centre for Fine Arts Brussels BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium; Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands; National Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, GreeceGroup
2015Juergen Teller and Xiang JingLehmann Maupin, Hong KongGroup
2015Schlaflos-Sleepless: Beds in History and Contemporary Art21er Haus, Vienna AustriaGroup
2015Love and Loss: Fashion and MortalityLENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, AustriaGroup
2014Araki Teller Teller ArakiOstlicht, Vienna, Austria; Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech RepublicSolo
2014MachoDESTE Foundation, Athens, GreeceSolo
2014Bus StopsThe Strand, London, United KingdomSolo
2014I am fiftyGalerie Suzanna Tarasieve, Paris, FranceSolo
2014Rich Pickings: Photography and WealthMuseum fur Kunst and Gewerbe, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2014WE VE GOT THE LOOK! JUERGEN TELLER & STUDIERENDE DER ADBKAkademie der Bildenden Kunst, Nurnberg, GermanyGroup
2014How Soon Was NowContemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2014Sigmund Freud and the Play of the Burden of Representation21er Haus Belvedere, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2014Today s SpecialsPace Gallery, London, UKGroup
2014Under the SkinLehmann Maupin, Hong KongGroup
2014More MaterialSalon 94, New York, NYGroup
2014Dior - The Legendary ImagesChristian Dior Museum Granville, Normandy, FranceGroup
2014Only the Good Ones: The Snapshot Aesthetic RevisitedGalerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech RepublicGroup
2014Darren BaderAndrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014Look at Me: Portraiture from Manet to the PresentLeila Heller Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014Paparazzi! Photographers Stars and ArtistsCentre Pompidou, Metz, FranceGroup
2014Space625 Amin Street, Sundance Film Festival, UTGroup
2014Bus StopsThe Strand, London, United KingdomGroup
2014BaroqueKulturhuset, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2014Deste Fashion Collection: 1 To 8Benaki Museum, Athens, GreeceGroup
2014SPACESky Lodge Gallery, Park City, UTGroup
2013Woo!Institute of Contemporary Art, London, United KingdomSolo
2013Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Ocean DeepNottingham Contemporary Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, United KingdomGroup
2013Masculin Masculin, L Homme nu dans l art de 1800 a nos joursMusee d Orsay, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Mannequin - le Corps de la ModeCite de la Mode et du Design, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Riotous BaroqueGuggenheim, Bilbao, SpainGroup
2013Sarah Lucas: SITUATION Absolute Beach Man RubbleWhitechapel Gallery, London United KingdomGroup
2013Dark Blue: Water as ProtagonistThe Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2012Juergen TellerLehmann Maupin, New York, NYSolo
2012The Girl with the Broken NosePalazzo Reale, Milan, ItalySolo
2012Irene im WaldThe Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2012Bilder und TexteEmbassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, London, United KingdomSolo
2012I Followed You into the WaterLehmann Maupin, New York, NYGroup
2012Duro Olowu: MaterialSalon 94 Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Mannequin – le Corps de la ModeRencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France; Mois de la Photo a Paris, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Beyond Words: Photography in the New YorkerUllens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2012Riotous Baroque: A Juxtaposition of Baroque and Contemporary ArtKunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2012Night in TwilightBelvedere Museum, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2012Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion PhotographyV&A Touring exhibition Lighthouse Media Centre, Wolverhampton; The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, ExeterGroup
2011Texte und BilderBrukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania; Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, RussiaSolo
2011Men and WomenO23C Workshop, Berlin, GermanySolo
2011Man with BananaDallas Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2011Touch MeDaelim Museum, Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2011ParadisJohann Konig Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2011The DeerLe Consortium, Dijon, FranceGroup
2011Nothing in the World but YouthTurner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, Kent, United KingdomGroup
2011Making it Up As We Go Along: 20 Years of Dazed and Confused magazineSomerset House, London, United KingdomGroup
2011Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, and Juergen TellerLehmann Maupin, New York, NYGroup
2011Mash-upHydra School Projects, Hydra, GreeceGroup
2011New Yorker Fiction: Real PhotographersSteven Kasher Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011SNAPSnape Maltings, Suffolk, United KingdomGroup
2011UnknownBrukenthal Museum, Sibiu, RomaniaGroup
2011The Last Grand TourMuseum of Cycladic Art, Athens, GreeceGroup
2010Calves and ThighsAlcala 31, Madrid, SpainSolo
2010Touch MeLe Consortium, Dijon, FranceSolo
2010Texte und BilderChristine Koenig Galerie, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2010Not in Fashion: Fashion and Photography in the 90sMuseum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2010Was Ist Schon?-What is Beautiful?German Hygiene Museum, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Thomas Olbricht CollectionEssen, GermanyGroup
2010UltramegaloreModemuseum, Hasselt, BelgiumGroup
2010A Star is BornMuseum Folkwang, Essen, GermanyGroup
2010A Positive ViewSomerset House, London, United KingdomGroup
2009ParadisLehmann Maupin, New York, NYSolo
2009LogischKunsthalle Nurnberg, Nurnberg, GermanySolo
2009TellerFrans Hals Museum, Haarlem, NetherlandsSolo
2009Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography NowInternational Center of Photography, New York, NYGroup
2009Model As MuseCostume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NYGroup
2009NudesGalerie Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2009John Kobal New Work AwardWhitechapel Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2009Shake It: An Instant History of the PolaroidPump House Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2009ShootParco Factory, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2008UkraineLehmann Maupin, New York, NYSolo
2008NurnbergGalerist, Istanbul, TurkeySolo
2008Wall RocketsThe Flag Art Foundation, New York, NYGroup
2008Street & StudioTate Modern, London, United KingdomGroup
2008Das GelandeKunsthalle Nurnberg, GermanyGroup
2008Fashion in the MirrorPhotographer s Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2008Summer ExhibitionRoyal Academy, London, United KingdomGroup
2007AwailableInverleith House, Edinburgh, ScotlandSolo
2007Allusive MomentsRena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Being BeauteousWhite Space Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2007A Poem About an Inland SeaUkranian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, ItalyGroup
2006Do you know what I meanFondation Cartier pour l Art Contemporain, Paris, FranceSolo
2006NurnbergLehmann Maupin, New York, NYSolo
2006Vivienne Westwood Shoes 1973 – 2006Castello di Vigevano, Vigevano, ItalyGroup
2006Defamation of CharacterMoMA PS1, Long Island City, NYGroup
2006The Kate ShowThe Foam Museum, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2006Fashion PhotographyMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAGroup
2006Partial RecallLehmann Maupin, New York, NYGroup
2006Click Double ClickPalais des Arts, Brussels, Belgium; Haus der Kunst, Munich, GermanyGroup
2006DarkMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2006Sound & VisionPalazzo della Penna, Perugia, ItalyGroup
2006Woman as the object: Female myths and metamorphosis 1900-2005City Hall of Vigevano, Vigevano, ItalyGroup
2006La Force de I artGrand Palais, Paris, FranceGroup
2006The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and FutbolRoebling Hall, New York, NYGroup
2005Louis XVContemporary Fine Art, Berlin, GermanySolo
2005CoolhuntersZKM, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2005RundlederweltenMartin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005The Difference in Temperature between your Body and MineGalleria Suzy Shammah, Milan, ItalyGroup
2004The MasterModern Art, London, United KingdomSolo
2004Ich bin VierzigKunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2004Go-sees and World cup final, Germany v Brazil 0-2Temple Bar Visual Arts, Dublin, IrelandSolo
2004Fashioning Fiction in Photography since 1990Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2004Il NudoGalleria d Arte Moderna, Bologna, ItalyGroup
2003Daddy You re So CuteLehmann Maupin, New York, NYSolo
2003TrachtKuntsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, GermanySolo
2003Don t suffer too muchMK Gallery, Milton Keynes, United KingdomSolo
2003MarchenstuberlGalleria d Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, NetherlandsSolo
2003The Fleeting Moment Between Photography and CinemaFondazione Torino Museum, Torino, ItalyGroup
2002MarchenstuberlFotomuseum, Munich, Germany; Folkswang, Essen, GermanySolo
2002CopyRoth Horowitz, New York, NYGroup
2001MarchenstuberlModern Art, London, United KingdomSolo
2001New Work: Group ShowLehmann Maupin, New York, NYGroup
2001Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern MetropolisTate Modern, London, United KingdomGroup
2000Juergen TellerLehmann Maupin, New York, NYSolo
200090 x 60 x 90Museo Jacobo Borges, Caracas, VenezuelaSolo
2000Remake BerlinFotomuseum, Winterthur, SwitzerlandSolo
2000Empresa Fotografica/Photographic EnterprisePrograma Centro de Arte/Art Center, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2000Remake BerlinFotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, SwitzerlandGroup
2000Living in the Real WorldMuseum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, BelgiumGroup
200090x60x90Museo Jacobo Borges, Caracas, VenezuelaGroup
1999Go-SeesPitti Immagine Discovery, Florence, ItalySolo
1999Mayday communitiesPhotographers Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
1998Juergen TellerThe Photographers Gallery, London, United KingdomSolo
1998Der Verborgene Brecht Ein Berliner StadtundgangCubitt Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Scallo Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
1996Telford Rd StudioTaschen, London, United KingdomSolo
1996New UniverseBiennale di Firenze, Florence, ItalyGroup
1996Jam–Exhibition of Street CulturesBarbican New York Academy of Art Exhibition for HIV Charity, New York, NYGroup
1996Festival de la ModeBiarritz, FranceGroup
1996Positive ViewSaatchi Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
19962 Kiss, ParisFranceGroup
1996Festival de la ModeParis, FranceGroup
1993Festival de la ModeMonacoSolo
1993Festival de la ModeMonacoGroup
1992Shibuya PARCOTokyo, JapanSolo
1992Fashion ExposuresLondon, United KingdomGroup
1992Festival de la ModeBarcelona, SpainGroup
1991Festival de la ModeBudapest, HungaryGroup
1990Festival de la ModeDeauville, FranceGroup
1990Ten photographers for the next ten yearsTempo Magazine, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1990British Council at Royal College of ArtLondon, United KingdomGroup