Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Fashion Bin: Juergen Teller



Keeping it real is the theme du jour at That's Not My Age but I can't help wondering whether Juergen Teller's photos of Kristen McMenamy, 46, are a step too far. I understand Teller's warts and all aesthetic - it was provocative and refreshing in the nineties - but that was 20 years ago. Now his work feels tired, and insensitive as far as older models are concerned. Need I mention the Vivienne Westwood ad campaigns? I'm all for wrinkles over Botox, reality over Photoshop but this shoot for style mag 032c (a beautiful magazine that's maybe missed the mark this time) is deeply unappealing.




Naked pilates anyone?




Just be grateful I didn't include the bum hole shot.

Does this Juergen Teller shoot make the world a richer place? I think not. There's only one place for it:



Your comments, please...

18 comments:

Ellen Arnison said...

Yuk. That wouldn't be pretty whatever age the model, and this one's in pretty good nick as it goes.

mermaid gallery said...

Being older doesn't have to be tasteless...I don't find her offensive...I find the sets very unappealing and not age appropriate...cause as we get older, we get more sensitive to these things...not less!

Catherine Robinson said...

No it doesn't make the world a richer place...surprised
Kristen did the shoot...she looks fabulous dressed...have you seen Karl Lagerfeld's film @ chanel.com? That's how I like to see Kristen...what exactly are Juergen Teller's photographs saying???
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Alexa said...

agree with everything you said here. she isn't tasteless, but those photos are.
alexa

WendyB said...

Hmmm...I don't know! I like her so much, it affects what I think of the photos.

I agree his style hasn't evolved much...though it seems to me that no business lets anyone evolve much at all. If you're successful with XYZ you better keep doing it whether you're an author, a photographer, an actor or a jewelry designer :-(

Tiffany said...

I just wonder what the point of this is? It's not beautiful, it's not interesting - what is it trying to say? That even a beautiful woman doesn't look so great in soft porn shots past a certain age? I certainly didn't need to see these to know that ...

That's Not My Age said...

Wendy - I agree, sticking with a winning formula makes business sense and I'm a Kirsten fan too, but like Tiffany and Catherine, I wonder what the point is? Maybe they're just reliving a nineties moment?

LPC said...

I like her. But these photos? Yikes. I look better naked than this. And I'm 54.

Jennifer said...

No beauty in these images, even hidden beauty. Definitely BIN THEM!

KayB said...

...wholeheartedly agree..... the bin's the right place.

Miss S said...

I like the unairbrushed truth of them. Not flattering but good to see an aging, skinny body in all it's harsh lit glory. Get really bored of all those young models in fluffy fashion shoots. I'm buying the magazine!

thoughts running through my head.... said...

hideous no matter the age of the model.

Bourbon&Pearls said...

Good God, she looks like something out of Belsen.

Fashionistable said...

Quick, quick in the bin. I am really grateful you didnt show us the bumhole shot. Xxxx

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Too much reality for me xx

TCFO said...

ugh - anorexic looking bodies are always a fright, but when someone is in their 40's, scary as scary can be. Nothing attractive whatsoever about theses photos - no celebration of aging at all. bleh

L'age moyen said...

Couldn't agree more. Hideous, pointless, insulting. Would turn me right of the magazine, too. Poor judgement.

Carla said...

I don't know...I'm Kristen's age and a photographer who makes self-portraits...how is this insulting? A photograph is just an image, not a reflection of character. Aging, and the deterioration of the body, is inevitable as long as we're alive; why regard it negatively?