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.