Juergen Teller mostly uses digital now, I believe. Or so he says in an interview in Purple.
I know he loves his Contax (which is film) but I’ve seen him use digital before. I suppose it’s like a painter or writer; it depends on what the artist wants to use at that moment. Maybe a brush, their fingers; a pen or a pencil or a typewriter; or in this case digital or film. It all depends on mood and probably the magazine/designer/ad campaign he’s shooting for.
Teller is not the only fashion photographer that shoots on film, in fact most do, and most Vogue and major fashion magazine covers are shot on film, because film is and will always be superior to digital.
I think what GLOWING-SOLE was trying to say was that his photography is just extremely well known for being shot on film entirely (among many other things, of course). Juergen has mastered film in a very unique way and he’s just one of the front runners who uses the medium. I think maybe people think he’s the only one because his photographs so obviously look like film. But you are right, a lot of photographers and major magazines prefer film because it definitely is a gem.
I saw someone asked what Juergen Teller shoots with. I study fashion Photography and am pretty much obssesed with Juergen Teller. Juergen Teller shoots all his photography with a film camera, 35mm color. He literally knows his camera so well that he can direct people to take the picture telling them what angle and exposure to set the camera on. He has mastered film photography and is the only successful fashion photographer in the industry that shoots in film. Hope this helps.
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hello, I've been studying Juergen Teller's work for my foundation course, I was curious with what camera and lighting that he used to be able to create the images for the Celine F/W 2013 campaign? This would be very helpful with my research for my work as his images were my first inspiration for my project. hope to here from you soon!
Hello. I do not know what kind of camera and lighting he used! I am going to assume he used his usual camera that he has been using recently but I don’t know for sure. Good luck!
Hi! I recently graduated and having to buy my own equipment and having to pick/choose what will pay for itself in the long run. My question is- how do you feel about ring flash? And have you ever used it in any editorial work? Love your work!
Hello I cannot answer your question because 1) I am not Juergen and 2) I am not knowledgeable in photography.
Juergen's Proust Questionnaire from AnOther Magazine
He put Victoria Beckham in a paper bag for Marc Jacobs, shot Charlotte Rampling nude next to the Mona Lisa and bundled Kate Moss into a wheelbarrow. He shoots for fashion brands, magazines and for himself with equal verve and irreverence, capturing life, light, clothes and people within his singular patina of clarity and charm. He is often to be found naked in his own images, spooning a beloved actress or dancing with a lampshade on his head. He is, of course, the inimitable Juergen Teller whose retrospective exhibition Woo opens next week at London’s ICA.
To mark this celebration of one of our generation’s most important visual artists, we asked Teller to answer Jefferson Hack’s reimagining of the Proust Questionnaire, gaining an insight into what makes the photographer happy, sad, laugh and feel inspired.
What are you thinking of right now? That I have to take care of my back.
What makes you laugh? Eastbound and Down. Emanuele Mascioni.
What makes you cry? When terrible things occur.
What do you consider to be the greatest invention? A wheel.
Do you have a mentor or inspirational figure that has guided or influenced you? William Eggleston.
Where do you feel most at home? In Suffolk.
Where are you right now? East London at Goldenshot, printing in a laboratory.
What is your proudest achievement in work? Thinking about something, executing it and liking the result.
What is your proudest achievement in life? My children.
What do you most dislike about contemporary culture? It’s too fast.
At what points do life and work intersect? It always does, somehow or another.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Do what you feel is right.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? Driving to England to live and not speaking English.
Recommend a book or poem that has changed your perspective on life? First time, 1990, in Tokyo and meeting Araki Nobuyoshi and looking at his books.
What is your earliest childhood memory? First school day with a huge tube of sweets, posing in our garden.
What’s the most important relationship in your life? My wife and children.
What’s the most romantic action you’ve taken? Asking Pele to call Sadie, who I wasn’t going out with at the time, and convince her I was a nice guy. Soon after I proposed.