This is a tribute to Juergen Teller, a great fashion photographer who continues to work with analogue cameras. In the 1990s he radically changed the way to make fashion photography. His models appear “soap and water”, without heavy make-up, and his images seem taken like an amateur photographer. Between his nice works, there is a photos that I like so much, taken in Cuba and called “The Girl with the Broken Nose.” Take a look after the jump!
The German artist Juergen Teller (born in 1964) is one of the most original fashion photographer from the 1990s. He continues to use film cameras, and works with some of the most important fashion magazines like The Face, Vogue, and W Magazine. He collaborates with the most famous fashion designers like Yves Saint Lauren, Celine, and Helmut Lang. He also took photos of his colleagues like William Eggleston and Roni Horn.
Here you can see some of his artworks: some nudes, a photo taken in a beach (that resembles a little the works of Martin Parr), an unusual portrait of Kate Moss, some images of the series Irene in the Forest, nice soles of a sleepy beauty and a self portrait with Charlotte Rampling.
His first solo exhibition in Italy held in the Royal Palace, Milan was entitled The Girl With the Broken Nose, from a photo he took in Cuba in 2010. This image represents a sculpture of a girl whose nose was broken off by the violence of the time. This is my favorite among his works: it’s so romantic and its title, referring to a brutal image, is really brilliant!
To write this tribute I took some photos in my city, Como, walking in the wonderful environment of Villa Olmo. Here you can see many romantic sculptures, like a girl with a scarred face (the first one), a dog with an injured paw, a woman with a dirty face, and some funny details of (smelly?) fish between (smelly?) and dirty feet!
This woman has lost a part of her wonderful hair!
A nice long hand, partly corroded and damaged, and holding a beautiful flower!
My preferred sculptures are those of the fountain, where a group of kids are playing with a sea monster! Look well, the wet guy has a wounded leg!
I close this article with another detail of this beautiful romantic fountain: a couple of kids on their knees trying to drag the sea monster tied with a rope, all enriched by the background of my city’s beautiful lake!
A Salute to the Masters is a series dedicated to great photographers that I like. I posted other tributes for Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Helen Levitt, Ernst Haas, Stephen Shore, Gabriele Basilico, Robert Adams, Thomas Struth, J.H. Lartigue, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Gianni Berengo Gardin, André Kertész, Willy Ronis, Brassaï, Rodchenko, Dan Graham, Henry Grant, William Eggleston, Dennis Stock, Martin Parr, Peter Mitchell and Izis Bidermanas. I especially love street photography and urban architectural photography.