'Kristen McMenamy 3, London' by Juergen Teller

  • Juergen Teller

  • 1996
  • Color print, Edition 4/5
  • GAL2008.6.1
  • Purchased from Lehmann-Maupin Gallery, New York
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

In both his portraits and his fashion work, Juergen Teller emphasises a special understanding with subjects caught sexually and unglamorously on the fly. In a series for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, he photographed supermodel Kristen McMenamy as he found her: naked, smoking, her belly lacerated by a zip fastener. Her beauty here lies in her vulnerability. Emblematic of mid-1990s photography, this picture caused a furore with its vision of what fashion was becoming as the 20th century drew to a close: no longer just the clothes, but an attitude and an image tied to a brand.

Born in Germany in 1964, Juergen Teller lives and works in London. He has recently covered advertising campaigns for Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent. He is represented by the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York.          

Notice's author : Sylvie Lécallier