His works, many of which take the form of extensive series, are published in books, magazines and exhibitions.
«Everything in a wide sense is a kind of self-portrait. It‘s just the way you see things and you‘re curious about certain things and just excited about them.»Juergen Teller
In 1986, Teller moved to London and began to work for trendy music, zeitgeist and fashion magazines. He came to fame in 1991 when he photographed the band Nirvana, and his pictures of Kurt Cobain were published. Since then his pictures have straddled the interface of art and commercial photography. His stylistic device of choice is the portrait. Working in the areas of music, fashion and celebrities as well as everyday scenes and landscape, he draws on his intuitive feel for people, situations, milieus and clichés to create images of great immediacy and deceptive simplicity. His compositions often convey a sense of the incidental or even slapdash, but on closer inspection it becomes clear that they are very carefully composed and conceptualised. Implicit in many of his works is the deliberate breach of viewer expectations – Teller does not idealise, romanticise or prettify. Instead, his pictures aim for the very core of the subject and foreground the idea of imperfect beauty.