Zürich: Scalo 1999
Condition: New, 1st edition
The studio of photographer Juergen Teller, best known for his fashion pictures, is located in a tiny street in West London. And it is the front door of his studio that somehow seems to play the leading role in this book. During one year, from May 1998 to May 1999, Teller was visited by hundreds of girls, sent to him by their agencies for a casting shoot. The origin of this new book was a deceptively simple idea that immediately struck Teller. Why not photograph all of his young female visitors and turn the result into a convincing conceptual piece of art photography? The result is striking, sometimes funny, and sometimes thoughtful as it makes us question the fashion industry and the world of models. We encounter girls, mostly around the age of seventeen or eighteen, presenting themselves to the photographer in the hopes of a great career. Sometimes they come alone, sometimes in groups, sometimes accompanied by their parents. Captured in the different lights of the changing seasons, but always at the entrance of Teller's studio, these portraits seem to melt into one single portrait -- that of the one and only model, whatever she might look like.