Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Juergen Teller: Woo!


I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Juergen Teller's work. Loved his warts and all style in the late 80s and 90s, when the grunge aesthetic introduced imperfect beauty and un-retouched photography to the fashion world. Teller's snapshot style felt refreshing and new. But then I got a bit tired of his shock tactics and contrived images. I particularly loathed the Kristen McMenamy 'Naked Pilates' shoot for German magazine 032C, which was eventually pulled off the shelves for showing the model's bum hole. Behold, the power of my Fashion Bin! But I've recently been discussing photography, a lot, during the day job. And talking about the importance of JT. So, on Saturday, when I was supposed to be doing my tax return, I found myself visiting the new Juergen Teller: Woo! exhibition at the ICA instead:

That's Not A Juergen Teller Snapshot

Notice how, just like Vivienne Westwood, I've matched my hair to my surroundings. And you can breathe a sigh of relief because the other two pictures in the triptych, show Westwood full frontal, legs akimbo. And, yes, that matches too. The German photographer's model/celebrity friends - including Kate Moss in a wheelbarrow - and a selection of ad campaigns are all here. I particularly liked the ICA's Reading Room which has been plastered with Teller's tear sheets.


The images of Bjork and son in Iceland, and Teller's very own baby in the bath, are superb. Beautiful. There's a real warmth and wit to them :




And then there's the best photo of Victoria Beckham, ever.



And so I'll say a big Woo! (not boo) to Juergen Teller.





Photos: Guardian, Forbes, Telegraph.
 

12 comments:

Alison Cross said...

I like the photos that you posted, very much. I'm not a big fan of shock tactics (in any walk of life!) because I just think that it's attention-seeking, but humour and warmth really float my boat - and these are full of both!

You look lovely :-D

Ali x

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

I adore that photo of Vivienne Westwood! It is so brilliant. I love the fact that it was also styled well so the picture has great composition.

Patti said...

The baby in the bath! And I don't even like babies very much : > I'm off to look at more of his work.

Vix said...

I'm with Patti, I don't like babies but the one in the bath is hilarious! Best photo of VB ever!
Love your coat. x

Faux Fuchsia said...

those 2 baby snaps are fantastic. VB snap never fails to amuse.

MyStyle said...

Hi there! Thanks for the shout out on this, am going to see this exhibition for sure! Love the photo of you in your cuddly faux fur! xx

Jilly said...

Also not a fan of shock but the photo of Bjork and son are really adorable. And, the photo of Westwood is very nice.

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Fashionistable said...

I think you have given us a good edit here :-) Xxxx

Chicatanyage said...

Great picture of you. Will try and see the exhibition if it is still on.

WendyB said...

That baby photo! LOL! Too cute.

The Style Crone said...

Love the photo of you on the steps. Enjoyed the JT show from your eyes and words. Your wit uplifts!