Juergen Teller

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Juergen Teller
FILAF 2013 - Juergen Teller.jpg
Teller at the FILAF in 2013
Born (1964-01-28) 28 January 1964 (age 57)
EducationBayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie (now the Munich University of Applied Sciences), 1984–1986
Occupationfashion photographer, fine-art photographer
Years active1986-present
StyleMinimalism, beauty of imperfection, "amateur" aesthetic, humanizing aesthetic
Spouse(s)Sadie Coles (2003-2018)
Dovile Drizyte (2021–)
Partner(s)Venetia Scott (1990–2003)

Juergen Teller (born 28 January 1964) is a German fine-art and fashion photographer. He was awarded the Citibank Prize for Photography in 2003 and received the Special Presentation International Center of Photography Infinity Award in 2018.


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.[1]


Since the beginning his career in the late 1980s, 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.[2]

His photographs have appeared 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.[3] He photographed Kylie Minogue for the artwork of her 1991 album Let's Get to It. 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] Teller has also collaborated with a range of other designers and fashion houses during his career, including Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent,[1] Vivienne Westwood,[7] Céline,[8] Missoni, Moschino, Barney's, Louis Vuitton,[9] Adidas,[10] Palace[11] and Valentino.

Teller has photographed many celebrities, musicians, artists and photographers, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, O. J. Simpson, Kurt Cobain, Bjork, Kate Moss, Elton John, Pelé, David Hockney, Roni Horn, Sarah Lucas, William Eggleston, Boris Mikhailov and Araki Nobuyoshi.[12] 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.[13] 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,[14] and the Paradis photographs shot at Musée du Louvre in 2009.[15]

Teller has directed several fashion films, short films and artist videos including Can I Own Myself (1998), Go-Sees[16] (2001), World Cup Final, Germany 0 Brazil 2 London (2002), Schmetterling' (2005) and Dieter (2017).[1]


Teller was Professor of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg from 2014 to 2019.[17]


In 2016, Teller curated an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs at Alison Jacques Gallery in London where he selected 58 images from the Mapplethorpe Foundation collection.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Teller was married to UK contemporary art dealer Sadie Coles from 2003 to 2018.[19] Teller married Dovile Drizyte in 2021.[20]


  • Juergen Teller. Cologne: Taschen, 1996
  • Der verborgene Brecht. Ein Berliner Stadtrundgang. Zurich: Scalo, 1998
  • Go-Sees: Girls Knocking on My Door. Zurich: Scalo, 1999. ISBN 978-3908247142.[21][22]
  • 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. 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, 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, 2019
  • Handbags. Göttingen: Steidl, 2019
  • Mmm!. Göttingen: Steidl, 2019
  • TELLER ABLOH. Fine Print/Prestel, 2019
  • 50 Times Bonami and Obrist. Göttingen: Steidl, 2019
  • Plumtree Court. Göttingen: Steidl, 2020
  • Leben und Tod: Nobuyoshi Araki and Juergen Teller. Göttingen: Steidl, 2020
  • William Eggleston 414: Harmony Korine and Juergen Teller. Göttingen: Steidl, 2020
  • The Nipple, Annual Series No.7. Oakland California: TBW, 2020
  • William Eggleston 414. Göttingen: Steidl, 2020. With Harmony Korine. ISBN 978-3-95829-763-0.
  • Donkey Man and Other Stories.' 'New York: Rizzoli, 2021. ISBN 978-0-8478-7077-6.



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).[25]

Group exhibitions including 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.[26]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Curated exhibitions[edit]

  • 2016 Teller on Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques Gallery, London


Teller's work is held in the following permanent collections:


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  5. ^ Amy Larocca (August 17, 2008), Straight Shooter New York.
  6. ^ Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998-2009 Steidl Publishing.
  7. ^ Larocca, Amy, "Straight Shooter," New York, August 17, 2008.
  8. ^ "Céline Fall Winter by Juergen Teller". Design Scene - Fashion, Photography, Style & Design. 22 August 2010. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
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  20. ^ [2], Wall Street Journal, 20th September 2021.
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  24. ^ "2018 Infinity Award: Special Presentation — Juergen Teller". International Center of Photography. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  25. ^ "JUERGEN TELLER: MACHO - DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art - Athens - Greece". deste.gr. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Poem on the Inner Sea at the 52nd Venice Biennale / PinchukArtCentre". PinchukArtCentre.org. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  27. ^ "Juergen Teller – Enjoy Your Life! - Exhibitions - Explore - Fotomuseum Winterthur". Fotomuseum Winterthur. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  28. ^ "Juergen Teller. Zittern auf dem Sofa". Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  29. ^ "Juergen Teller: Heimweh: Opening". König Galerie. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  30. ^ "Juergen Teller". Centre Pompidou. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  31. ^ "An overview of the Collection". Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  32. ^ "Werkübersicht ::: Sammlung Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main". Museum für Moderne Kunst. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
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  34. ^ "Search the Collections". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 2021-01-12.

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