Juergen Teller, born in Erlangen, Germany, in 1964, studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich. His work has been published in influential magazines such as Vogue, System, i-D, POP and Arena Homme+, and has been the subject of solo exhibitions including those at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris and Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Teller won the prestigious Citibank Photography Prize in 2003, and from 2014 to 2019 held a professorship at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg. His books with Steidl include Louis XV (2005), Marc Jacobs Advertising, 1998–2009 (2009), Siegerflieger (2015), The Master IV (2019) and Handbags (2019).
Unlike many photographers who maintain a strict divide between their commercial and private work, Teller has always combined the two. Indeed this merging is one reason for Teller’s progressive edge. The Keys to the House contains recent photographs of Teller’s life at and around his house in Suffolk: landscapes, portraits of family and friends.
But of course Teller’s vision would not be complete without the occasional fashion figure who was entered his personal world – be it Lily Cole floating like Ophelia, or Vivienne Westwood leaning on a red Mercedes Benz.
Juergen Teller,The Keys to the House