Exhibition: Juergen Teller’s ‘Woo!’ at the ICA

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Our Group Creative Director, Ashley Jouhar, took a wander down to the ICA to check out the latest Juergen Teller exhibition, ‘Woo!’.

Who?

Jergen Teller

What?

Photography exhibition: Juergen Teller: Woo! At the ICA Gallery

Bjork and son, Iceland, 1993 © Juergen Teller

Bjork and son, Iceland, 1993 © Juergen Teller

Decisive Moment?

Being human. It comes across in Juergen Teller’s photographs. The celebrity portraits and the ads might have an inverted glamour but they all feel as ‘real’ as the more personal imagery he shoots.

Smiling Ed, London 2005 © Juergen Teller

Smiling Ed, London 2005 © Juergen Teller

Trend?

Authenticity, visual truth, honesty – it’s not going away and whatever you want to call it, Teller’s imagery has always had it. Whether he is shooting Lily Cole or a dog portrait, he catches the right moment and feeling, crops a certain way and makes an image that you can relate to. It may be the cluttered setting, the awkward pose or the flashed treatment that does it but the images feel rooted in the everyday, somehow.

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Which Image? Which Room?

Kate Moss, dishevelled in an old wheelbarrow. I would hang this in my shed to inspire me before a spot of gardening! It’s a striking image of Moss and is so powerful because it is as far away from high fashion as you can get. It shows how important the collaboration between photographer and subject is in Teller’s photographs to create and choreograph these ‘real’ moments!

Kate Moss, Gloucestershire, 2010, No.12 © Juergen Teller

Kate Moss, Gloucestershire, 2010, No.12 © Juergen Teller

One question for the Image Maker?

Are you the love child of Nan Goldin and William Egglestone?

 

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About Author

Ashley Jouhar is the Creative Director of Image Source. He has worked as a senior creative in the photography industry for over 12 years, previously as Deputy Director of Photography at Getty Images. He is also a photographer in his own right, shooting lifestyle, documentary and portraiture for a wide range of clients. Before turning to photography full time, Ashley worked as a senior Art Director and Group Head at McCann Erickson, London, creating award winning advertising for Bacardi, Shredded Wheat, Black & Decker, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Birds Eye, amongst others.

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