Published on February 27, 2013 | by Rory Moore

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It really does seem that only time will Teller

ICA Woo

Woo! showcases fashion photographers Juergen Teller’s best work. [Image: ICA]

★★★★

Down the road from Trafalgar Square, away from the all the tourists desperately trying to climb onto statues of lions for their holiday photos, sits the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

The gallery is hosting a landmark solo exhibition of German photographer Juergen Teller until March 17.

The show is a perfect introduction to Teller’s work and style. With selected works from the past two decades, the way the show is curated almost feels like a show of Teller’s greatest hits.

When you enter the show you are greeted by three floor-to-ceiling prints of a very casual and comfortable looking naked Vivienne Westwood. Next to them is an equally large print of a fluffy kitten.

Opposite this is a snapshot of Kurt Cobain. The way these five prints sit together does not seem right somehow, almost overeager in a way.

A photo-series titled Irene Im Wald (Irene in the Woods) follows Teller’s mother around the woods next to his childhood home.

Personal insight

This series is coupled with text below each photograph, exploring Teller’s relationship with his mother and provides the viewer with a personal insight into his life.

Past the first room is the Fox Reading Room, a small room completely covered in a collage of magazine excerpts showcasing Teller’s commissioned fashion photography works for Celine, Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs and Jigsaw.

Alongside these are family photos and a number of portraits that act as a who’s who of Teller’s social network including director David Lynch, photographer William Eggleston, rock star Marilyn Manson and burlesque model Dita Von Teese, among others.

Teller’s work is engaging and visually captivating and the exhibition is worth a visit.

In this room Teller’s images seems to work in a way that they did not in the first room.

The images in this room are what most of the audience will associate with with Teller’s work, giving the work a familiarity.

Upstairs, the exhibition continues in the vein of the first room, with a number of large-scale prints filling the space.

However, the choices made in the upper gallery feel a lot more considered. Each of the prints flow nicely between each other, which allows for the viewer to drift between each frame and gain an understanding of Teller’s style and approach.

Teller’s work is engaging and visually captivating and the exhibition is worth a visit.

Juergen Teller, Woo! is on at the ICA til 17 March 

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