A new exhibition in Berlin explores the private life of the German photographer. i-D caught up with the curator to talk about the reasons behind his success.
Why do you think Juergen Teller is still, after decades of being in the business, one of the most influential photographers?
His different point of view, the directness, spontaneity, sometimes the rawness and openness of his always well-balanced pictures. His attitude, joy and curiosity always lead to new compositions and collages.
How did you choose the exhibited works?
In collaboration with Juergen, we focused on his latest works, because he uses his older photographs in those anyway. And we wanted to show the Plate/Teller series, which he created for the exhibition in Bonn. It was important to us to show the Juergen Teller who does amazing work besides his famous campaigns. Berlin is the third city of this exhibition after being shown in Bonn and Prague. For each city, we added and changed the exhibition, so each stop was different, partly due to the different architecture. Being able to show his works in Germany again was an important emotional step for him.