Fashion & Beauty

Juergen Teller: Donkey Man and Other Stories

Annotated in his wry, inimitable voice, Juergen Teller presents over three decades of fashion and editorial work in a groundbreaking volume that combines photography, collage, and candid (and often humorous) autobiography.

One of the most influential photographers working today, Juergen Teller creates images that are instantly recognizable. Raw, often overexposed
and displaying a spontaneity and candor, Teller’s visual language reflects a measured yet uncompromising sense of rebellion.
This book includes landmark editorials with nearly every important fashion label of the era and celebrities from Kate Moss to Charlotte Rampling and Kurt Cobain to Yves Saint Laurent. Outtakes of iconic shoots (including infamous ones with Courtney Love, Cindy Sherman, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, and Björk) that have never been published will be included in this volume.
Teller first broke into fashion in 1996 with a magazine cover of a naked Kristen McMenamy with the word Versace scrawled across her chest. Since then, his fashion photography has been featured in all the international Vogues, AnOther Magazine, Index, Self-Service, W, Details, Purple, i-D, and 032c, among others. A highly sought-after cult hero and the author of many iconic campaigns, Teller has collaborated with the likes of Helmut Lang, Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane, Nicolas Ghesquière, Phoebe Philo, Vivienne Westwood, Miuccia Prada, and Isabel Marant, and shot every season of Marc Jacobs’s ready-to-wear collections from 1998 to 2014. 

About The Author

Juergen Teller is a German fine-art and fashion photographer.

  • Publish Date: September 14, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • Pages: 608
  • US Price: $150.00
  • CDN Price: $200.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7077-6


"For the past 25 years — ever since he shot a nude Kristen McMenamy with the word “Versace” scrawled across her chest and enclosed in a red lipstick heart in 1996 — Juergen Teller has been one of the most provocative, influential and in-demand fashion and celebrity photographers. But his pictures also often resonate beyond their commercial origins, and so a book-length monograph of his oeuvre is as welcome as it is overdue. “Donkey Man and Other Stories” is a collection of his voluminous magazine commissions; portraits of family members, fauna and landscapes; and brief reminiscences both by and of Teller. Iconic photos of Kurt Cobain, Charlotte Rampling, Kate Moss, et al., sit side by side with almost human-seeming frogs (a recurring motif) and invariably phallic still lifes. Regardless of subject matter, jarring juxtapositions are the rule: snails and peaches; nude models prancing in the Louvre; a callipygian Kim Kardashian in stockings and heels scaling a sandpit." —NEW YORK TIMES

"The eccentric photographer, who plays Ping-Pong in his London studio, has a new book that combines provocative self-portraits and celebrity images." —WALL STREET JOURNAL

"It’s an opportune moment...for a critical reassessment of Teller’s work. Which is why the arrival of his first-ever collection of editorial photography couldn’t come at a better time. Donkey Man and Other Stories, Volume 1...acts as a kind of survey of three decades of Teller’s output, comprising editorials and shoots created for almost every major magazine. It includes some of the most recognizable of Teller’s images — a nude Kristen McMenamy smoking in 1996, Kim Kardashian perched perilously on a pile of rubble in 2015, Björk with her infant son in an Icelandic hot spring in 1993. But it affords space, too, to the lesser-known parts of his body of work, and spotlights the images that have been less heavily referenced." —HYPEBEAST

"German photographer Juergen Teller rose to fame in the 1990s for his matter-of-fact editorial style. His candid images of models, celebrities, strangers and friends radiate with the complications of life: humor, death, ugliness, unremitting beauty. Now, it all comes neatly packaged in a new volume of his [works] by Rizzoli." —CULTURED MAG

"if you couldn’t get enough of Juergen Teller’s off-kilter photoshoot of actor Steven Yeun and other celebrities for W magazine, you’ll love his latest book of photographs that includes never-before-seen outtakes from iconic shoots with Cindy Sherman, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, and more. The 608-page tome, which covers over 30 years of work, features wry and humorous annotations by and commentary from the master himself." —NEW YORK MAGAZINE