press release

Considered one of the world’s most sought-after contemporary photographers, Juergen Teller has successfully straddled the interface of both art and commercial photography. He came to fame twenty-five years ago in 1991 when he photographed the band Nirvana, and his iconic pictures of Kurt Cobain were published in Details magazine.

Teller blurs the boundaries between his commissioned and personal work, eliminating distinctions between his fashion campaigns, celebrity portraits, everyday scenes, landscapes or pictures of his family. He owes his unmistakable signature style mainly to the creative freedom he has acquired, even when working for commercial clients. Despite its seemingly random manner, akin to the snapshot aesthetic, his work is based on precise planning and staging. Crucially, he draws on his intuitive feel for people, situations, milieus and clichés to create images of great immediacy and deceptive simplicity.

‘Enjoy Your Life!’ is a unique author project, created by the artist, which features older series such as Nürnberg (2005), together with more recent series such as Kanye, Juergen and Kim (2015), and Charlotte Rampling, a Fox and a Plate (Teller) (2016). Other works are more autobiographical and occasionally anecdotal such as the unsparingly candid images of himself in The Clinic (2015) and subjective documentations of his engagement with his youth and his German origins such as Irene im Wald (2012). The latest series, Mit dem Teller nach Bonn and Plates/Teller (2016), seem to bring together and concentrate all his earlier themes and compositions.

The exhibition ‘Enjoy Your Life!’ is co-production by Galerie Rudolfinum with Bundeskunsthalle Bonn and Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin.