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Video: ‘Marcus Bunyan – what makes a great photograph?’ at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

Event date: Wednesday 5th December 2012

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I’m a bit disappointed with the video, but it was done for free for the CCP. It doesn’t show the 12 images that I used to illustrate the talk, you can see me pressing the buttons on the computer. Unfortunately, this ruins the structure of the speech. I am hoping to re-edit the video myself with the proper images in the future, rather than looking at me all the time. Marcus

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Dr Marcus Bunyan, writer of the Art Blart blog and image maker, examines one of his favourite photographs – Alexander Gardner’s photograph of one of the plotters to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, Lewis Paine, who was captured by the camera months before his execution in April 1865 – and asks what makes this a great photograph.

Many thankx to the Director of the CCP, Naomi Cass, for asking me to speak at the event.

Click on the picture to view the video or go to the Vimeo website.

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Other presenters:
Serena Bentley, Helen Frajman, Natalie King, Tin & Ed, Tom Mosby and John Warwicker.
View the other videos on the Centre for Contemporary Photography website.

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Dr Marcus Bunyan. 'What makes a great photograph?' at CCP, December 2012

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Marcus Bunyan
What makes a great photograph?
2012

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CCP video web page

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08
Mar
13

Exhibition: ‘Juergen Teller: Woo!’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

23rd January – 17th March 2013

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'The Keys to the House No.39, Suffolk 2010' 2010

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
The Keys to the House No.39, Suffolk 2010
2010
© Juergen Teller

 

 

When the wall text introduction to an exhibition boldly states in the very first sentence, “Juergen Teller is one of the most important photographers of our time,” you know you’re in trouble. I think the word that springs to mind when I look at these photographs is vapid.

Blanched, empty photographs that have an inane void at their centre. I really don’t want to look at them any longer.

Dr Marcus Bunyan

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Many thankx to the ICA for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'Kate Moss, No.12, Gloucestershire, 2010' 2010

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
Kate Moss, No.12, Gloucestershire, 2010
2010
© Juergen Teller

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'Smiling Ed, London 2005' 2005

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
Smiling Ed, London 2005
2005
© Juergen Teller

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'Teenager, Suffolk 2010' 2010

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
Teenager, Suffolk 2010
2010
© Juergen Teller

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'Sigmund Freud's Couch (Malgosia), London, 2006' 2006

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
Sigmund Freud’s Couch (Malgosia), London, 2006
2006
© Juergen Teller

 

 

The ICA is delighted to present a major solo exhibition of photography by Juergen Teller from 23 January to 17 March 2013. The exhibition marks the first survey presentation of Teller’s work in the UK in a decade and will include new and recent work.

Considered one of the most important photographers of his generation, Teller is one of a few artists who has been able to operate successfully both in the art world and at the centre of the commercial sphere. This exhibition will provide a seamless journey through his landmark fashion and commercial photography from the 90s, presenting classic images of celebrities such as Lily Cole, Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood, as well as more recent landscapes and family portraits.

Teller entered the London photography scene through the music industry taking photographs for record covers. Photographing amongst others Björk, Cocteau Twins, PJ Harvey and Courtney Love, it was Teller’s photograph of Sinéaad O’Connor for her single Nothing Compares 2 You that marked an important moment in his career. In 1991 he photographed Nirvana back stage when they toured Germany. Teller’s photographs first appeared in fashion magazines in the late 80s, and included portraits of Kate Moss when she was just fifteen years old. It was also in the early 1990s that Teller shot behind the scenes at Helmut Lang’s fashion shows capturing the models, clothes and atmosphere with a deceptively casual aesthetic. Teller’s images could be described as the antithesis of conventional fashion photography seen perhaps most markedly in his campaigns for Marc Jacobs.

Picture and Words introduces a series from a weekly column in the magazine of Die Zeit. For over a year the photographer presented a new image each week with an accompanying text. Like his images the texts are often controversial and provoked outcry amongst readers. The exhibition will feature many of the letters that the magazine received and some of which Teller included in his book. Irene im Wald and Keys to the House are Teller’s most recent bodies of work. These series reveal the photographer’s more personal world in his hometown in Germany and family home in Suffolk.

Teller’s provocative interventions in conventional celebrity portraiture are apparent in works such as a photograph of Victoria Beckham for a Marc Jacobs ad in which we only see her bare, high-heeled legs flopping over the side of a shopping bag. Vivienne Westwood reclines nude on a floral settee in a startling triptych whilst Björk and her son swim in the Blue Lagoon in an intimate portrait. Subverting the conventional relationship of the artist and model, Teller himself often figures as the naked muse in his photographs, seen for example in the Louis XV series with Charlotte Rampling. Whatever the setting, all his subjects collaborate in a way that allows for the most surprising poses and emotional intensity. Driven by a desire to tell a story in every picture he takes, Teller has shaped his own distinct and instantly recognisable style which combines humour, self-mockery and an emotional honesty.

“Whether Juergen Teller’s photography is art, or whether he is an artist or photographer, or both, or none of the above, or anything cconected with such thoughts, can only lead us astray. Teller’s work is about great images.” Gregor Muir, Executive Director ICA.

Press release from the ICA

 

Installation photograph of the exhibition 'Juergen Teller: Woo!' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

 

Installation photograph of the exhibition Juergen Teller: Woo! at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'Pettitoe, Suffolk, 2011' 2011

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
Pettitoe, Suffolk, 2011
2011
© Juergen Teller

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'Vater und Sohn, Bubenreuth 2005' 2005

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
Vater und Sohn, Bubenreuth 2005
2005
© Juergen Teller

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'No.12 of the series 'Irene im Wald', 2012' 2012

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
No.12 of the series ‘Irene im Wald’, 2012
2012
© Juergen Teller

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'The Keys to the House No.39, Suffolk 2010' 2010

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
The Keys to the House No.39, Suffolk 2010
2010
© Juergen Teller

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964) 'Cerith, Suffolk 2011 (The Keys to the House No.28, Suffolk 2011)' 2011

 

Juergen Teller (German, b. 1964)
Cerith, Suffolk 2011 (The Keys to the House No.28, Suffolk 2011)
2011
© Juergen Teller

 

 

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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