Photographer Juergen Teller was born 1964 in Germany, where he studied photography for two years. To avoid military national service he learned English and moved to London in 1986 (age 22). Here he started working for record companies and photographs record covers. Later he got commissioned by magazines to make feature portraits. He meets stylist Venetia Scott and together with her, he started to photograph fashion stories for magazines like Face, i-D and Vogue Homme International.(Venetia Scott & Lola, daughter of Juergen & Venetia. Years later Marc Jacobs named his perfume after daughter Lola)
Juergen teller’s early fashion series were very much influenced by Venetia Scott’s styling, which wasn’t negative ofcourse… Later styling will still be an important element of Teller’s pictures, but it’s more blending in with the pictures, not dictating them….
The Magic Show
Face, December 1994
Juergen Teller by Juergen Teller
In 1996 Taschen published the book Juergen Teller. On the cover, and inside, pictures of Annie Morton and a wide range collection of Teller’s work from 1990 till 1996.
The pictures of Kristen McMenamy, made for the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, were considered shocking to a lot of people. Teller was accused of ruining her career ( the pictures show bruises and a scar on her body), but Kristen loved and still loves to work with him.
Pictures of Juergen Teller, behind the scene of Helmut Lang fashion shows, like the ones from Kirsten Owen. Helmut Lang liked them so much, he decided to use them for his next ad campaign and a collaboration, which stayed on for many years, was born. Teller recently told he fell completely in love with Kirsten Owen the first time he saw her in a hotel bar in Milan, where she walked in with Peter Lindbergh (but Teller was with Venetia Scott a the time). Many years later, backstage at another Helmut Lang fashion show, Teller finally had the courage to tell Kirsten he was in love with her, she answered: “So was I”.
Working with Marc Jacobs
Juergen Teller’s work with Marc Jacobs, started 14 years ago. Venetia Scott turned down the work with Marc Jacobs, because she was about to give birth to the couples child, but CEO Robert Duffy and Marc Jacobs were persisting. They was flew over to reconsider the offer and Duffy and Jacobs were very understanding and clearly Venetia Scott couldn’t say no.
Marc Jacobs asked Juergen Teller if he was interested in photographing Kim Gordon, who was in London and wearing Marc Jacob’s dresses on stage. There was a small budget to place the pictures in a magazine and Teller thought it was a nice thing to do, to go to a Sonic Youth concert. Teller said he wanted to be in control of the image and how about it was going to appear on the double page and wanted to design how the Marc Jacobs logo was in relationship to the advertorial… Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy agreed and Juergen Teller created Marc Jacobs imagery.