24 Apr Juergen Teller
The Master IV
When Nobuyoshi Araki is handing two „Teller“ into photoflash brightness – exposing himself kissing Juergen Teller – nothing more than another piece on the Master’s plate is served. Coming from a small town in southern Germany, Juergen Teller never ceases to surprise in merging the mundane with the glamorous. Like the past three editions of the photo book series, the 4th features Teller’s plain straightforward visual identity compressed into a simple and clear designed small, thin booklet with a complex statement that needs no words to explain itself. Deriving eccentric and ironic layers of small town realities to his preferred place of residence London and other hotspots, he turns around the plate in making the private public and the public private, offering insights to bizarre moments in the lives and houses of key figures of the world of art. Breakfast with Boris Mikhailov – his own photo book on the coffee table next to orange juice and cold cuts. Charlotte Rampling cuddling a fox next to another version of herself as a fox crawling on the floor and William Eggleston smiling at a bunch of weapons or a pink Gorilla. These photographs appear like Teller, now himself a celebrity, is looking back to rural life in Bavaria, showing life in it’s most real and fame in it’s most ironic appearances, removing the glossiness from fashion photography, like in his renowned self portraits. The masterful is embedded in the everyday, in the ridiculousness of life, Bon Apétit!