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This exhibition consists of photographs with a strong focus on Teller’s personal life. With photographs of his family, portraits of workers from his family’s factory, and a series of strangely suggestive caves from his childhood in Germany, there is also a particular emphasis on his German roots. Teller also turns the camera directly on himself in a group of candid, decidedly unglamorous, and often unflattering, self-portraits. As he explains, “ . . . I have spent all this time photographing people whose trust you have to win, whose neuroses you have to deal with. I felt in some way that I was having to think too much about all this stuff instead of the actual portraits. I suddenly realised I needed to photograph someone who doesn't care at all how they look. So, that, of course, can only be one person - me. In the end, the only person I can be as brutally honest as possible with is me.”

Juergen Teller was born in Erlangen, Germany in 1964 and studied at Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich. He moved to London in 1986 and continues to live and work there. A recent solo exhibition of Teller’s work traveled from the Münchner Fotomuseum to Museum Folkwang, Essen, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, and the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. Teller was the recipient of the 2003 Citibank Photography Prize. An exhibition of the four nominated artists was shown at The Photographer's Gallery in London and traveled to the Museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf, and the Fundacion Carlos de Amberes in Madrid. Teller also has a solo exhibition opening in September at the Milton Keynes Gallery. This year, Steidl published three books of Teller’s work: Märchenstüberl, Zwei Schäuferle mit Kloß und eine Kinderportion Schnitzel mit Pommes Frites, and Nackig auf dem Fußballplatz. Pressetext

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