Photographers You Should Know: Juergen Teller by Erika Jacobs

Contemporary photographer Juergen Teller is an example of blurred boundaries between the worlds of fine-art and commercial photography. His unusual style crosses back and forth, shooting advertising campaigns for major fashion houses, as well as exhibiting work as a gallery-represented artist.

The Big Deal: Teller’s gritty style is his signature. He uses harsh, unflattering light, which is often in sharp contrast with his beautiful subjects. He doesn’t retouch his final images, which adds to his raw aesthetic. His clients include fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang, as well as Vogue magazine.

Life in Brief: 1964, Erlangen, Germany studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt fur Photographie in Munich,Germany before moving to London in 1986. Befriends a stylist, and the two collaborate on creative shoots, using vintage clothing. He shot for smaller, cult magazines, eventually moving onto larger, mainstream fashion shoots. Feeling out of place, he sought out designers who had a similar aesthetic and began long-term business relationships with them.

Sophie Dahl, 20th October, 1998

Romilly, 14th January, 1999

Stephanie in Sea, 2000

Morgan im Wald, Bubenreuth, 2005

Lola with Jewels, London, 2005

Gisele Bundchen, 2005

Bjork, Spaghetti Nero, Venice, 2007

Kiev, 2007

Maria Carla, Rome, 2008

David Hockney smoking, Bridlington, 2008

For More:  
Lehmann Maupin Gallery
New York Magazine


Erika Jacobs is a Toronto-based freelance photographer and the co-creator of the Knock Twice blog, which is where a version of this post originally appeared. It's is an online resource to assist and inform budding creative professionals. You can visit Knock Twice here.


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