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I am Fifty

Juergen Teller - I am Fifty
Three iconic series of photographs by Juergen Teller.
Woo (2013) was made after the exhibition of the same name at the ICA, London, in 2013. Debunking the status of both art and fashion photography, the works were all placed on the same level, assembled to form wallpaper covering o ne room of the art centre. This combination of images was like a pinboard of family pics, a tangled retrospective of his work as fashion photographer and artist. For this series, Teller has isolated certain parts of this wallpaper, once again changing the way we look at the images: the representation of a representation of a representatation.
Another series, Masculin (2013), has never been shown before. It was made after Teller visited the exhibition Masculin/Masculin at the Musée d'Orsay (2013), which featured one of his self-portraits. The images answer each other, with each photo from the Orsay exhibition being echoed by a Teller self-portrait. The latter show the artist in a gym, dressed in shorts and trainers and doing exercise, hefting barbells and swe ating profusely in poses that evoke nudes in classical painting and sculpture, humorously and self-mockingly recalling all the effort—and grotesqueness—that lies behind attainment of those ideal muscular bodies.
The last series of photographs, Irene im Wald (2012), is undoubtedly the most intimate and personal of the three. These small-format photos follow Irene, Juergen's mother, on a walk through the forest of Erlangen, a place familiar to him since childhood. Evoking the balmy mood of an afternoon with the family, each image expresses the photographer's tender vision of his mother, seen in the forest on a sunny winter's day. The words accompanying the images are like voice-overs, the voice of the photographer and also the walker, as the rhythm of wa lking engenders an introspective mood.
Born 1964 in Erlangen (Germany), Juergen Teller lives and works in London. After a brief period working as an apprentice bow maker, began his career as a photographer. He studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt fur Photographie in Munich between 1984 and 1986 and then moved to London in September 1986. In 2003 he was the recipient of the Citibank Prize for Photography.
Edited by Juergen Teller.
Text by Fabrice Paineau.

Graphic design: Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié.

Published by Suzanne Tarasieve gallery, Paris.
published in October 2014
bilingual edition (English / French)
22,7 x 28,5 cm (hardcover)
116 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-9544764-2-1
EAN : 9782954476421
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