Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Striking Portraits of Young Female Visitors at the Entrance of a Studio in London from 1998-1999

Juergen Teller is a German artist and photographer, who studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich, Germany (1984–1986). In order to avoid military national service he learned English and, at the age of 22, moved to London in 1986.

During one year, from May 1998 to May 1999, his studio which is located in a tiny street in West London, was visited by hundreds of girls, sent to him by agencies for a casting shoot. At the beginning, there was a simple idea that struck Teller: why not photograph all his young female visitors and turn the result into a convincing conceptual piece of art photography? The result is striking, sometimes funny, and makes us question the fashion industry and its world of models.

The girls, mostly around the age of 16 or 17, presenting themselves to the photographer in the hope of a great career. Sometimes they come alone, sometimes in groups, sometimes accompanied by their parents. Teller used his Contax G2 camera with an onboard flash and captured in different lights of the changing seasons, but always at the entrance of his studio, the portraits seem to melt into one single portrait - that of the one and only model, whatever she might look like.

(All photos © Juergen Teller)

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