Juergen Teller, Kate Moss, Gloucestershire, 2010, No. 12, 2010. Image courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.
Juergen Teller, Pettitoe, Suffolk 2011, 2011. Image courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.
There are not many contemporary photographers whose work can transcend both art and fashion. Juergen Teller is surely one of them. For the past thirty years, Teller’s work has moreover re-defined the ways in which photographer and subject interact.
The German born photographer has shot every Marc Jacobs campaign since 1998. For the label’s 2005 campaign he shot himself alongside artist Cindy Sherman. It is his viewpoint – often physically visible in his photography – that has made Teller’s work some of the most recognisable and inimitable of his generation.
Included in his exhibition starting this month at ICA are classic images of Lily Cole, Kurt Kobain and Vivienne Westwood to name but a few celebrities, alongside his journey through the 90s – with images of a fifteen-year-old Kate Moss. Showing his range of photography, the exhibition also includes photographs from a recent project, showing his mother in the land around her home in Germany, entitled Irene im Wald plus photos of his children at his family home in Suffolk.
His images are instantly recognisable in their subtle provocativeness and grainy real-life feel (he shoots with two Contax G2 film cameras that he uses simultaneously, shooting a photo with one whilst the other’s flash reloads). Teller is also known for the speed at which he works at. Recently, when he shot mega boy band One Direction for The Sunday Times magazine, it was said he spent only 3 minutes taking the photos. Now that’s precision- this guys knows what he wants and how to do it.
From celebrity to family, Woo represents Teller’s fascinating life journey and his take on the world around him. His lens tells a story of humour, honesty and energy. We’re excited.
Juergen Teller: Woo, ICA, London, from 23rd January to 17th March 2013.