Photography assignment 'behind the lens'

‘Behind the Lens’

Siobhan Dalton


The first photographer I have chosen to base my assignment on is Jeurgen Teller.  
Jeurgen was born in Erlangen, Germany, in 1964. After a short apprenticeship as a bow maker, he began his career as a photographer. He trained for two years between 1984 and 1986 at the photodesign academy of Munich where he developed an interest in portraiture. He moved to London in 1986.
His work in influential international publications such as W Magazine, I-D and Purple showed his own photographic sensibility which is marked by his refusal to separate the commercial fashion pictures and his most original un-commissioned work.   Teller has exhibited at Le Consortium in Dijon, The Tate Modern in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Photographers Gallery in London, the Kunsthalle Wein, and the Fondation Cartier Pour l'art Contemporain in Paris among others.  

In 2003 Teller was awarded the Citibank Prize and in 2007 was asked to represent the Ukraine as one of five artists in the 52nd Venice Biennale. His work has appeared in The Face, French, Us, English and Italian Vogue, Another, Index, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Self Service, Details, Purple and i-D.
Juergen Teller has been working with Marc Jacobs on his advertising campaigns for the past 11 years, the work has been assembled into 'Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998 – 2009' published by Steidl.   Juergen has also had long collaborations with other designers and fashion houses over the years including Helmut Lang, Celine, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.
Jerugen Teller’s photographs are taken in a way that you feel like you are a fly on the wall almost. They are very natural and it looks as though he uses natural light. There is very little, if any, post production done to his images. He leaves his images as if to have them not perfect on purpose. This makes his images stand out...