“Friends of my girlfriend were asking me what kind of a photographer I am, what I photograph,” Juergen Teller says, apropos of his latest book. “I replied: ‘Actually, come to think of it, mostly handbags.’ I always like their astonished and disappointed faces! I realized through the 30 years of my career, I photographed a hell of a lot of handbags within my fashion work.”
This enormous 600-page book of photographs of handbags depicts the accessory as you might imagine it through the lens of Teller, colorful and well-lit, but nonetheless as you have never seen handbags before. Numerous models, actors and infamous individuals are featured here, including Michael Clark, Cindy Sherman, Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, Sofia Coppola, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich and Victoria Beckham. Teller himself sees the book as akin to his 1999 volume Go-Sees, in its direct serial character.
Demonstrating how Teller has reshaped the field of fashion photography since he first emerged in the 1990s, Handbags will delight the aficionado of contemporary fashion and of photography alike.
“I remember when I started working in America they asked me ‘Where’s the money shot?’ I looked at them puzzled. ‘Show us the money shot!’ they repeated. Here they are, the ‘money shots.’” —Juergen Teller
Juergen Teller: Handbags. The 608-page handbag book to end all handbag books.
Juergen Teller: Handbags
published by STEIDL.
Clth, 9.5 x 12 in. / 608 pgs / 600 color.