Juergen Teller (born January 28, 1964) is a German fine-art and fashion photographer.
Teller studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich, Germany (1984–1986). In order to avoid military national service he learned English and moved to London in 1986, aged 22.
Life and career
Since the beginning his career in the late 1980s, Juergen Teller has blurred the boundaries between his commissioned and personal work in his numerous campaigns, editorials, publications and exhibitions. Teller treats all of his subjects — family members, celebrities, and himself with a uniform style of grit, raw emotion and humour that has become his iconic and recognizable aesthetic.
His photographs have been featured in Arena Homme +, The Face, i-D, 032c, Pop, Purple, Self Service, W, Vogue (American, Australian, British, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish) and Zeit magazin 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 worked with Teller's then-partner, Venetia Scott to style his collections and Teller shot Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth for the Spring Summer 1998 campaign. For the brand's 2005 campaign, he photographed himself with Cindy Sherman and also collaborated with Winona Ryder, Sofia Coppola, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright and Harmony Korine amongst others until the SS2014 campaign. Teller has also collaborated with a range of other designers and fashion houses during his career, including Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Céline, Missoni, Moschino, Barney's, Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Palace and Valentino.
Teller has photographed many celebrities, musicians, artists and photographers, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, OJ Simpson, Kurt Cobain, Bjork, Kate Moss, Elton John, Pele, David Hockney, Roni Horn, Sarah Lucas, William Eggleston, Boris Mikhailov and Araki Nobuyoshi. He photographed American rapper Kanye West for T: The New York Times Style Magazine and shot the 'Kanye, Juergen and Kim' supplement for System featuring Kanye West and Kim Kardashian as well as himself in 2015. The actress Charlotte Rampling has been a long term collaborator, appearing in Teller's Louis XV series which was exhibited at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin and published by Steidl as a book in 2005 , and the Paradis photographs shot at Musée du Louvre in 2009 .
Teller has also directed several fashion films, short films and artist videos including Can I Own Myself (1998), Go-Sees (2001), World Cup Final, Germany 0 Brazil 2 London (2002), Schmetterling' (2005) and Dieter (2017).
Teller was awarded the Citibank Prize for Photography in 2003, and received the Special Presentation ICP Infinity Award in 2018.
In 2014 Teller became Professor of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg.
In 2016, Teller curated an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs at Alison Jacques Gallery in London; he selected 58 images from the Mapplethorpe Foundation collection.
Teller is married to UK contemporary art dealer Sadie Coles.
- Juergen Teller. Cologne: Taschen, 1996
- Der verborgene Brecht. Ein Berliner Stadtrundgang. Zurich: Scalo, 1998
- Go Sees. Zurich: Scalo, 1999
- Remake Berlin. Steidl Verlag, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Bank Hofmann AG, 1999
- Tracht.Göttingen: Steidl/Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 2001
- More. Göttingen: Steidl, 2001
- Märchenstüberl. Göttingen: Steidl, 2002
- Zwei Schäuferle mit Kloß und eine Kinderportion Schnitzel mit Pommes Frites. Göttingen: Steidl, 2003
- Nackig auf dem Fußballplatz. Göttingen: Steidl, 2003
- Louis XV. Göttingen: Steidl, 2004
- Ich bin Vierzig. Göttingen: Steidl, 2004
- The Master. Göttingen: Steidl, 2004
- Ohne Titel. Göttingen: Steidl, 2005
- Nürnberg. Göttingen: Steidl, 2006
- Ed in Japan. Paris: Purple publications, 2006
- Jürgen Teller, Do You Know What I Mean. Exhibition catalogue. Paris: Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain/London-New York: Thames & Hudson, 2006
- Juergen Teller Vivienne Westwood, Spring Summer 2008. Göttingen: Steidl, 2008
- Election Day, Vivienne Westwood, Spring Summer 2009. Göttingen: Steidl, 2009
- Juergen Teller: Marc Jacobs Advertising 1997-2008. Göttingen: Steidl, 2008
- The Master II. Göttingen: Steidl, 2010
- Zimmermann. Göttingen: Steidl, 2010
- The Deste Foundation Collection. Göttingen: Steidl, 2010
- Get a Life, Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2010. Göttingen: Steidl, 2010
- Calves and Thighs. TF Editore, 2010
- Touch Me. Les Presses du Reel, 2011
- Hotel Il Pellicano. Italy: Slim Arons, John Swope, Juergen Teller, Rizzoli 2011
- Common Ground. Marsilio Editoria, 2012
- The Keys to the House. Göttingen: Steidl, 2012
- Pictures and Text Göttingen: Steidl, 2012
- The Master III Göttingen: Steidl, 2012
- Woo! Juergen Teller Steidl and ICA, 2013
- Eating at Hotel Il Pellicano. Violette Editions, 2013
- Kolkata. The Juergen Teller Purple Book, Purple Institute, 2014
- I'm Fifty. Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, 2014
- Araki Teller, Teller Araki., Eyesencia, 2014. With Nobuyoshi Araki
- I Just Arrived in Paris. (Louis Vuitton AW2014), Göttingen: Steidl, 2014
- Siegerflieger Göttingen: Steidl, 2015
- The Flow. (Louis Vuitton SS2015), Göttingen: Steidl, 2015
- Season Three. (Louis Vuitton AW2015), Göttingen: Steidl, 2015
- The Clinic. Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, 2015
- Mit dem Teller nach Bonn. Steidl/Bundeskunsthalle, 2016
- Boris Mikhailov, Parliament. Rodovid Press, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2017
- Vivienne Westwood, Andreas Kronthaler, Juergen Teller. In Other Words, 2017
- Leg, Snails and Peaches. Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, 2018
- The Master IV. Göttingen: Steidl, 2018
Solo exhibitions of his work have been organised at Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris (2006); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2010); Dallas Contemporary, TX (2011); Daelim Museum, Seoul (2011); Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2013); Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2015); Kunsthalle Bonn, Germany (2016) and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018). Self-portraiture has been a prominent feature of his practice and was the main focus of his 'Macho' exhibition at DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece (2014).
Select group exhibitions featuring his work include Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, Tate Modern, London (2008), Not in Fashion, MMK Museum, Frankfürt, Germany (2010), Night in Twilight: Art from Romanticism to the Present, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria (2012), Riotous Baroque, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (2012), toured to Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain (2013); Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and Artists, Centre Pompidou, Metz, France (2014), Faces Now: European Portrait Photography Since 1990, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, toured to Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, and National Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece (2015-2016); VOGUE 100: A Century of Style, National Portrait Gallery, London and Manchester Art Gallery (2016); La Vie Simple - Simplement la Vie, Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles, France (2017) and Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography 1911-2011, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2018). In 2007 he was asked to represent the Ukraine as one of five artists in the 52nd Venice Biennale.
Teller’s work has been acquired by major museums worldwide including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; Fotomuseum München, Munich; Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris; International Center of Photography, New York; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; National Portrait Gallery, London; Pinchuk Arts Centre, Kiev and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
- 1998 Juergen Teller, The Photographers' Gallery, London
- 2002 Märchenstüberl, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Germany
- 2002 Märchenstüberl, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
- 2003 Märchenstüberl, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna]], Italy
- 2003 Märchenstüberl, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
- 2003 Tracht, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
- 2004 Go-sees and World cup Final, Germany v Brazil 0-2 Temple Bar Visual Arts, Dublin, Ireland
- 2004 Ich bin Vierzig, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
- 2006 Do You Know What I Mean, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris
- 2007 Awailable, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland
- 2009 Teller, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
- 2009 Logisch, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
- 2010 Touch Me, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
- 2011 Man with Banana, Dallas Contemporary, USA
- 2011 Texte und Bilder, Moscow House of Photography, Russia
- 2011 Texte und Bilder, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
- 2012 Bilder und Texte, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, London, UK
- 2013 Woo!, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
- 2014 Bus Stops, Strand, London
- 2014 Macho, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
- 2016 Enjoy Your Life!, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany
- 2016 Enjoy Your Life!, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
- 2017 Enjoy Your Life!, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
- 2017 Juergen Teller, Kunstpalais Erlangen [de], Germany
- 2017 Juergen Teller, Great Arch Hall, Photo London, Somerset House, London
- 2018 Enjoy Your Life!, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
- 2018 Zittern auf dem Sofa, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
- 2016 Teller on Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques Gallery, London