Juergen Teller’s exhibition: Woo, opens tomorrow at the ICA, he is considered one the best photographers of his generation with a successful career in fashion and art photography.
His photographs are provocative and often controversial, he likes pushing the boundaries, whether it is of erotic nature or an off-centre idea but the ending result is a marvellous picture that simply captures you, it’s what designers or anyone that collaborates with Teller find so appealing.
A distinctive characteristic of his work in fashion ad campaigns is the imperfection of the images, they are not conventional fashion photos, there is a sense of raw beauty about them that makes them so real and almost natural.
Scandalous shoot for 032C Magazine 2011.
I’m a fan of Teller’s work but when I look at his photographs I’m constantly reminded of William Eggleston, years ago when I was at university I came across his work and then I watched a documentary about him called “The Real World”,this film really changed my perception of photography, it instigated a passion to take photos of anything and everything that attracted my attention, it also made me appreciate the beauty found in the smallest things we see in every day life, objects, an old faded wall or even a person walking down the street and it made me so aware of the colours in our surroundings, I thought it was wonderful and inspiring.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, there wouldn’t be a Juergen Teller if Eggleston hadn’t exited, he is the beginning of modern colour photography and the outcome of his dye-transfered printing method was incredible images and some of his most striking work. He was inspired and perhaps passionate about by the simple and strange things around him, it’s the colours in his photographs combined with the weird world that he captured behind that lens that I find so fascinating.
It is evident that Eggleston has been a great influence on Teller’s work, just as he has been to many others, in fact they did a collaboration for a Marc Jacobs ad campaign in 2007, featuring William Eggleston.
I’m a bit obsessed with the vision of this man and I wonder if seeing “The Red Ceiling” made me addicted to have a splash of red in my room. If you have never seen his work you will be hooked after this post.