JUERGEN Teller is considered one of the most important photographers of his generation. He is one of the few who is able to cross the thin, but strong, line between the art world and the commercial one, and do it successfully.
The exhibition, Woo, shown at ICA, will show his exquisite photography dating from the early nineties including the faces of Lily Cole, Kurt Cobain and Vivienne Westwood alongside landscapes and family portraits. This varied mixture will make the exhibition a very memorable one.
Photographing Sinéad O’Connor for her single Nothing Compares 2 You was an important moment in Teller’s photography career in London.
His photographs first appeared in fashion magazines during the late eighties, which included portraits of Kate Moss when she was just fifteen years old.
Teller’s images could be described as the antithesis of conventional fashion photography as seen in his campaigns for Marc Jacobs.
Woo will also feature many letters of complaint by the readers of Pictures and Words, a weekly magazine, created in Die Zeit, where Teller wrote a controversial column.
Irene im Wald and Keys to the House are Teller’s most recent bulks of creations which reveal the personal world of Teller. The photographs are taken in his hometown in Germany and family home in Suffolk.
Juergen Teller has given commercial photography a completely different tone with an intimate relationship between the artist and model that can create the most surprising poses and emotional intensity.
Teller has made a name for himself in the industry by the sole drive of creating something special in each photograph he takes. His pictures are instantly recognisable through the humour, self-mockery and emotional honesty.
Woo will be exhibited from 23 January – 17 March.
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