Of the many revelations to emerge from the recent accusations of sexual harassment in the film and fashion industries, the complex and peculiarly intimate nature of talent casting is one of the most significant. The re-exhibition of Juergen Teller’s Go-Sees series at Alison Jacques Gallery offers a timely look at some of the dynamics at play. Over 12 months from May 1998, Teller photographed the aspiring models who visited him in the hope of being cast for one of his shoots. Pictured on the threshold of his West London studio, the images speak to the intimate and slightly strange transaction in an audition between a young woman and a male photographer. His subjects appear variously shy, hopeful, self-assured, unpolished, playful, vulnerable. While there are some now-famous faces, it’s curiously fascinating to imagine the lives of those who failed to make the cut. The works are flanked by two more recent series of Teller’s work. The first, Enjoy your Life! Junior, is series of images made in collaboration with Bubenreuth Primary School in Teller’s hometown in Germany; the second, A Fairytale about a King…, profiles a London boy who made it to the top. His subject? British Vogue’s Edward Enninful.
Juergen Teller: Go-Sees, Bubenreuth Kids and A Fairytale about a King…, Alison Jacques Gallery (until January 13, 2018), 16-18 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LN (020 7631 4720); @alisonjacquesgallery
Pictured: Domenique, London, September 29, 1998. © Juergen Teller and courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery