Bjork and son, Iceland (1993) ©Juergen Teller

Bjork and son, Iceland (1993) ©Juergen Teller

The über talented photographer Juergen Teller is considered to be one of the most important photographers of his generation. Sweeping the art world off its feet as he clicks on by, Teller’s career spans over 20 years and still no signs of it subsiding. With this in mind, it is clear that the Institute of Contemporary Arts is tremendously excited about showing his work in an exhibition that has taken over their entire gallery space. It marks the first survey presentation of Teller’s work in the UK in a decade and will include both recent and completely new work.

Kate Moss, Gloucestershire (2010) ©Juergen Teller

Kate Moss, Gloucestershire (2010) ©Juergen Teller

The music industry is where Teller first entered the London photography scene. His photos for record covers marked an important moment in his career helped by his shots of Elton John and Kurt Cobain. Teller later went on to meet stylist and art director Venetia Scott who lead him towards the fashion industry, resulting in his images being published in The Face and i-D in the 80’s. Now, Juergen Teller can be found everywhere, he has graced all Vogues and shot many a big campaign, most notably his fourteen years working with Marc Jacobs. He has also had long collaborations with Helmut LangYves Saint LaurentVivienne Westwood and more recently, Celine.

The Keys to the House ©Juergen Teller

The Keys to the House ©Juergen Teller

Teller’s WOO! exhibition will include 66 photographs; all ranging in size and style, from intimate narratives to large scale portraits shot in Teller’s unique yet simplistic style. This rare exhibition will include Teller’s easily distinguishable portraits of celebrities often shot in a controversially raw manner. A nude and clearly relaxed Vivienne Westwood will be found in this category, her fiery hair contrasting wonderfully with her porcelain skin tone.

Teenager, Suffolk (2010) ©Juergen Teller

Teenager, Suffolk (2010) ©Juergen Teller

Amongst the commercials and the portraits, personal images of Teller’s family and life can also be found, aiming to take us on a creative journey through Teller’s work.

Driven by a desire to tell a story in every picture he takes, Teller has shaped his own distinct and instantly recognisable style that combines humour, self-mockery and an emotional honesty.

Juergen Teller | WOO!
Exhibiting until 17th March 2013
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH

Words by Eleanor Beatrix Fell

Father and son (2005) ©Juergen Teller

Father and son (2005) ©Juergen Teller

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