Juergen Teller (born January 28, 1964) is a German artist and 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, at the age of 22, moved to London in 1986.
Teller’s work, in books, magazines or exhibitions, is marked by his refusal to separate the commercial fashion pictures and his mostly autobiographical un-commissioned images. He employs a raw, overexposed style and he uses a Contax G2 camera with an onboard flash. He prefers to work in color, and regularly includes himself in his photographs. His fashion photographs have been featured in The Face, Vogue (US, France, England, Italy), Another Magazine, Index, W Magazine, Self Service, Details, Purple, i-D and 032c, 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 began to collaborate with Teller's then-partner Venetia Scott to style his collections. Since 1998, Teller has shot campaigns for Marc Jacobs. For the brand's 2005 campaign, he photographed himself with Cindy Sherman. Other collaborations for Marc Jacobs campaigns involved Winona Ryder, Sofia Coppola, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Harmony Korine, Roni Horn and others.
Teller has also had long collaborations with other designers and fashion houses including Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent (since 2005), Vivienne Westwood, and Céline. He frequently works with the musician Björk. Teller has also photographed many artists, including William Eggleston and Roni Horn. He photographed American rapper Kanye West for T: The New York Times Style Magazine in 2015.
Teller has also directed several short films including Can I Own Myself (1998) in which he also appears.
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.
Teller first participated in group shows at art photography museums such as The Photographers' Gallery in London (1999) and the Fotomuseum Winterthur (2000). Shortly after he published his Märchenstüberl series, his work has been exhibited worldwide in solo exhibitions at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art in Paris; Munchner Fotomuseum in Munich; Museum Folkwang in Essen; Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Bologna; Frans Hals Museum in The Netherlands; Inverleith House in Edinburgh and the Kunsthalle Mannheim. Teller's work is included in the group exhibitions, Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now at ICP in New York, Model As Muse at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Click Double Click at the Haus der Kunst in Munich; Street & Studio at the Tate Modern in London; A Poem About an Inland Sea in the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 52nd International Venice Biennale; and Fashioning Fiction at the Museum of Modern Art.
In 2003 Teller was awarded the Citibank Prize.
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