Juergen Teller is considered one of the world’s most sought-after contemporary photographers, successfully straddling the interface of both art and commercial photography. Teller (b.1964) grew up in Bubenreuth near Erlangen, Germany. Teller graduated in 1986 and moved to London, finding work in the music industry shooting record covers for musicians such as Simply Red, Sinéad O’Connor and Morrissey with the help of the photographer, Nick Knight. By the early 1990s, he was working for avant-garde fashion magazines such as i-D, The Face, Details and Arena. Teller has collaborated with many fashion designers over the years, including Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Celine and Louis Vuitton.
Teller was the recipient of the Citibank Photography Prize in association with the Photographer’s Gallery, London in 2003. In 2007, he represented the Ukraine as one of five artists in the 52nd Venice Biennale. Teller has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Photographer’s Gallery, London (1998), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2004), Foundation Cartier, Paris (2006), Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany (2009), Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul (2011), Dallas Contemporary, USA (2011), Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2013), Deste Foundation, Athens (2014), Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2015) and Bundeskunstalle, Bonn (2016) .
Teller’s work is featured in numerous collections around the world, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; International Center for Photography, New York; Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He has published forty-one artist books and exhibition catalogues since 1996. He currently holds a Professorship of Photography at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg, and lives and works in London.