Juergen Teller (German, b.1964) is a prominent fashion photographer, known for his unique portraits of fashion models’ intermingling celebrity lifestyle with the everyday, in examinations of social constructions of beauty. Born in Erlangen, Teller studied at the Fotodesign Academy of Munich, focusing on portraiture, before moving to London in 1986. There he began photographing prominent musicians, including Elton John and Kurt Cobain, before transitioning to fashion photography at the end of the decade. Teller’s work is distinctive for its candid feel; he often photographs models in isolated surroundings with a washed-out, overexposed light, and often with unguarded expressions, seemingly unposed. Teller holds the relationship between photographer and model as essential to his ability to take direct, honest photographs. He also photographs everyday men and women using techniques similar to that of his portraits of models, in investigations of what society deems beautiful. Teller has photographed for Marc Jacobs, Yves St. Laurent, Hugo Boss, and Louis Vuitton, and has exhibited his work at the Tate Modern in London, the Kunsthalle Mannheim, and at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, among other venues. He currently lives and works in London.

Timeline

1964
Born in Erlangen, Germany
1984–1986
Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie, Munich, Germany
1986
Moved to London
1993
Awarded the Photography Prize at Festival de la Mode, Monaco
1998
Began working for Marc Jacobs, with whom he has worked on advertising campaigns for the past 14 years
2003
Recipient, the Citibank Prize
2007
Participated in the 52nd Venice Biennale
Lives and works in London, England

Exhibitions

2014
Bus Stops, Annin Arts / TfL Public Exhibition, The Strand, Central London
2012
Juergen Teller, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Duro Olowu: Material, Salon 94 Gallery, New York, NY
Beyond Words, Photography in the New Yorker, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Riotous Baroque: A Juxtaposition of Baroque and Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Zurich
Night in Twilight, Belvedere Museum, Vienna,
2011
Texte und Bilder, Brukenthal Museum, Romania (solo)
Man with Banana, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX (solo)
Touch Me, Daelim Museum, South Korea (solo)
Nothing in the World but Youth, Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, Kent, UK
The Last Grand Tour, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
2010
Calves and Thighs, Alcala 31, Madrid (solo)
Not in Fashion: Fashion and Photography in the 90s, MMK, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2009
Model As Muse, Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now, ICP, New York, NY
2008
Juergen Teller - Ukraine, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York City, NY
Street & Studio, Tate Modern, London
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (solo)
2007
Being Beauteous, White Space Gallery, London
A Poem About an Inland Sea, 52nd Venice Biennale, Ukranian Pavilion
2006
Juergen Teller, Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
2005
Juergen Teller - Louis XV, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
2004
The Master, Modern Art, London (solo)
2003
Daddy You’re So Cute, Lehmann Maupin, New York (solo)
Don’t suffer too much, Milton Keynes, London (solo)
Zwei Schäuferle mit Klob und eine Kinderportion Scnitzel mit Pommes Frites, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (solo)
The Citibank Photography Prize in association with The Photographers’ Gallery, London
2002
Märchenstüberl, Folkswang, Essen; Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (solo)
Copy, Roth Horowitz, New York
2001
Märchenstüberl, Modern Art, London; Stadtmuseum, Munich (solo)
New Work: Group Show, Lehmann Maupin, New York
Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London
2000
Lehmann Maupin New York, NY (solo)
Living in the Real World, Museum Dhondtdhaenens Belgium
Empresa fotografica/Photographic Enterprise, Programa Centro de Arte/Art Center, México D.F.
Remake Berlin, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Mayday Communities/Communication, Photographers Gallery, London
90x60x90, Museo Jacobo Borges, Caracas
1999
Go-Sees, Pitti Imagine Discovery Gallery Florence, Italy
Mayday Communities/Communication, Photographers Gallery London, England
1998
Der Verborgene Brecht Ein Berliner Stadtrundgang, Cubitt Gallery London, England
The Photographers Gallery London, England
1997
Der Verborgene Brecht Ein Berliner Stadtrundgang, Scalo Gallery Zurich, Switzerland
1996
Jam - Exhibition of Street Cultures, Barbican New York Academy of Art
Biennale di Firenze Florence, Italy
Festival de la Mode Biarritz, France
1995
Positive View, Saatchi Gallery London, England
1993
Festival de la Mode Monaco
1992
Parco Tokyo, Japan
Festival de la Mode, Barcelona
1990
Festival de la Mode, Deauville
Ten photographers for the next ten years, Tempo Magazine, Hamburg
British Council at RCA

Literature

2001
Tracht, Juergen Teller, Lehmann Maupin
1999
Juergen Teller, Taschen, October