Juergen Teller

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Juergen Teller
FILAF 2013 - Juergen Teller.jpg
Teller at the FILAF in 2013
Born (1964-01-28) January 28, 1964 (age 53)
Erlangen, West Germany
(now Germany)
Residence London, UK
Education Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie (now the Munich University of Applied Sciences), 1984–1986, Munich, Germany
Occupation fashion photographer, fine-art photographer
Years active 1986-present
Agent CLM/Camilla Lowther
Style Minimalism, beauty of imperfection, "amateur" aesthetic, humanizing aesthetic
Home town Bubenreuth and Nuremberg, Germany
Spouse(s) Sadie Coles
(2003–present, 1 child)
Partner(s) Venetia Scott
(1990–2003, 1 child)
Children 2
Website www.juergenteller.com

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.[1]

Life and career[edit]

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.[2] He employs a raw, overexposed style and he uses a Contax G2 camera with an onboard flash.[3] He prefers to work in color,[4] and regularly includes himself in his photographs. His fashion photographs have been featured in The Face,[5] 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.[6] In 1997, Marc Jacobs began to collaborate with Teller's then-partner Venetia Scott to style his collections.[7] 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.[8]

Teller has also had long collaborations with other designers and fashion houses including Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent (since 2005),[9] Vivienne Westwood,[10] and Céline.[11] He frequently works with the musician Björk.[12] Teller has also photographed many artists, including William Eggleston and Roni Horn.[13] 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.[14]


In 2014 Teller became Professor of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg.[citation needed]


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.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Teller is married to UK contemporary art dealer Sadie Coles.[16]


  • Juergen Teller. Cologne: Taschen, 1996.
  • Der verborgene Brecht. Ein Berliner Stadtrundgang. Zurich: Scalo, 1998.
  • Go Sees. Zurich: Scalo, 1999.
  • TrachtGöttingen: 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.
  • The Keys to the House. Göttingen: Steidl, 2011.
  • Hotel Il Pellicano. Italy: Slim Arons, John Swope, Juergen Teller, Rizzoli 2011.
  • Pictures and Words Göttingen: Steidl, 2012.
  • The Master III Göttingen: Steidl, 2012.
  • Woo! Juergen Teller Steidl and ICA, 2013.
  • Araki Teller, Teller Araki Eyesencia, 2014. With Nobuyoshi Araki.
  • Siegerflieger Göttingen: Steidl, 2015.
  • Last Chance To Try Berlin: The Travel Almanac, 2016.


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,[17] 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[18] in The Netherlands; Inverleith House in Edinburgh and the Kunsthalle Mannheim.[19] Teller's work is included in the group exhibitions, Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now at ICP in New York,[20] Model As Muse at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[21] Click Double Click at the Haus der Kunst in Munich;[22] Street & Studio at the Tate Modern[23] in London; A Poem About an Inland Sea in the Ukrainian Pavilion[24] at the 52nd International Venice Biennale; and Fashioning Fiction at the Museum of Modern Art.[25]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 1998 Juergen Teller, Photographers Gallery, London
  • 1999 Go-Sees, Pitti Immagine Discovery, Florence, Italy
  • 2000 Juergen Teller, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
  • 2001 Märchenstüberl, Modern Art, London
  • 2002 Märchenstüberl, Fotomuseum, München, Germany
  • 2002 Märchenstüberl, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
  • 2003 Märchenstüberl, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
  • 2003 Märchenstüberl Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 2003 Zwei Schäuferle mit Kloß und eine Kinderportion Schnitzel mit Pommes Frites, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
  • 2003 Don’t suffer too much, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK
  • 2003 Daddy You’re So Cute, Lehmann Maupin, New York
  • 2003 Tracht, Kuntsthalle 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
  • 2004 The Master, Modern Art, London
  • 2005 Louis XV, Contemporary Fine Art, Berlin, Germany
  • 2006 Nürnberg, Lehmann Maupin, New York
  • 2006 Do you know what I mean, Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
  • 2007 Awailable, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2008 Ukraine, Lehmann Maupin, New York
  • 2008 Nürnberg, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2009 Teller, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 2009 Paradis, Lehmann Maupin, New York
  • 2009 Logisch, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
  • 2010 Touch Me, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
  • 2010 Calves and Thighs, Alcala 31, Madrid, Spain
  • 2010 Texte und Bilder, Christine König Galerie, Vienna, Austria
  • 2011 Paradis, Johann Koenig Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011 Men and Women, O23C Workshop, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011 Texte und Bilder, Moscow House of Photography, Russia
  • 2011 Touch Me, Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
  • 2011 Man with Banana, Dallas Contemporary, USA
  • 2011 Texte und Bilder, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania
  • 2012 Juergen Teller, Lehmann Maupin, New York
  • 2013 Woo!, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 1996 New Universe, Bienale di Firenze, Italy
  • 1996 Jam, Barbican Gallery, London
  • 1999 Mayday communities, Photographers Gallery, London
  • 2000 Living in the Real World, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium
  • 2000 90 x 60 x 90, Museo Jacobo Borges, Caracas, Venezuela
  • 2000 Remake Berlin, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2000 Empresa Fotografica, Programa Centro de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2001 Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London
  • 2003 The Fleeting Moment Between Photograph and Cinema, Fondazione Torino Museum, Italy
  • 2004 Il Nudo, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
  • 2004 Fashioning Fiction: Photography since 1990, MOMA, New York
  • 2005 Coolhunters, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2005 Rundlederwelten, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
  • 2005 The Difference in Temperature between your Body and Mine, Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan, Italy
  • 2006 Click double Click, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
  • 2006 Dark, Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2006 Sound & Vision, Palazzo della Penna, Perugia, Italy
  • 2006 Woman as the object: Female myths and metamorphosis 1900-2005, City Hall of Vigevano. Vigevano, Italy
  • 2006 La Force de I’art, Grand Palais, Paris
  • 2006 The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Futbol, Roebling Hall, New York
  • 2006 Click double Click, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2006 Vivienne Westwood Shoes 1973–2006, Castello di Vigevano, Vigevano
  • 2006 Defamation of Character, PS1 Gallery, New York
  • 2006 The Kate Show, The Foam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2006 Fashion Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
  • 2007 Allusive Moments, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • 2007 Being Beauteous, White Space Gallery, London
  • 2007 A Poem about an Inland Sea, Ukrainian Pavilion, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice Biennale, Italy
  • 2008 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
  • 2008 Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, Tate Modern, London
  • 2008 Das Gelände, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
  • 2008 Fashion in the Mirror, Photographer’s Gallery, London
  • 2009 John Kobal New Work Award, Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • 2009 Shake It: An Instant History of the Polaroid, Pump House Gallery, London
  • 2009 Shoot, Parco Factory, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2010 Ultramegalore, Modemuseum, Hasselt, Belgium
  • 2010 Not in Fashion, MMK Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2010 A Star is Born, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
  • 2010 Was ist Schön?, Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
  • 2011 The Last Grand Tour, Cycladic Art Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2011 Snap, Art at the Aldeburgh Festival, UK
  • 2011 Mash-Up, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece
  • 2011 Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George and Juergen Teller, Lehmann Maupin, New York
  • 2011 Nothing in the World but Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
  • 2011 Making it Up As We Go Along: 20 Years of Dazed and Confused magazine, Somerset House, London
  • 2011 The Deer, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
  • 2012 Duro Olowu: Material, Salon 94, Freemans Alley Gallery, New York


In 2003 Teller was awarded the Citibank Prize.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Juergen Teller - Biography Archived 2012-02-07 at the Wayback Machine. European Graduate School, Leuk-Stadt.
  2. ^ Juergen Teller: Ukraine, 7 February – 15 March, 2008 Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.
  3. ^ Horyn, Cathy, "When is a Fashion ad not a Fashion ad," The New York Times, April 10, 2008.
  4. ^ Juergen Teller - Biography Archived 2012-02-07 at the Wayback Machine. European Graduate School, Leuk-Stadt.
  5. ^ Paul Jobling, "Fashion spreads: word and image in fashion photography since 1980", p.36, Berg Publishers, 1999
  6. ^ Juergen Teller: Ohne Titel Steidl Publishing.
  7. ^ Amy Larocca (August 17, 2008), Straight Shooter New York Magazine.
  8. ^ Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998-2009 Steidl Publishing.
  9. ^ Juergen Teller - Biography Archived 2012-02-07 at the Wayback Machine. European Graduate School, Leuk-Stadt.
  10. ^ Larocca, Amy, "Straight Shooter," New York Magazine, August 17, 2008.
  11. ^ http://www.designscene.net/2010/08/celine-fall-winter-by-juergen-teller.html
  12. ^ Index Magazine, "Bjork with Juergen Teller." 2001.
  13. ^ http://www.wmagazine.com/artdesign/2009/11/roni_horn
  14. ^ Juergen Teller - Biography Archived 2012-02-07 at the Wayback Machine. European Graduate School, Leuk-Stadt.
  15. ^ Anny Shaw (November 17, 2016), Juergen Teller reveals Mapplethorpe’s ‘gentler and more romantic side’ The Art Newspaper.
  16. ^ Kathy Brewis, "Juergen Teller, the exhibitionist," The Times, May 11, 2008.
  17. ^ Juergen Teller: Paradis, 15 – 29 January 2011 Galerie Johann König, Berlin.
  18. ^ http://www.franshalsmuseum.nl/ Frans Hals Museum
  19. ^ http://www.kunsthalle-mannheim.eu/ Kunsthalle Mannheim
  20. ^ Time Magazine "Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now." 2009
  21. ^ The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2009.
  22. ^ http://www.hausderkunst.de/hdk.de/index.php?StoryID=2624[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/streetandstudio/ Tate Modern
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-04-07.  Ukrainian Pavilion
  25. ^ http://preview.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/128 Museum of Modern Art

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