Juergen Teller x Paradis

The Photographer Shoots 'What I Am Looking At' For The Bespoke Culture Magazine

Conceptual artist Cerith Wyn Evans eats birthday cake in bed and Vivienne Westwood hams it up on a sportscar in an irreverent portfolio by German photographer Juergen Teller, shot over the summer of 2011 as part of a sixty-two-page commission for the latest issue of Paradis. “These pictures started life as a straightforward comment to Juergen: ‘We’d love to see more landscapes,’” explains Paradis Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wingfield. “Juergen took the landscape genre and re-appropriated it, bringing it into his inimitable world of family, friends, and for the first time, life in and around a house in the English countryside he’d recently started renting. Simply put, it’s what he is looking at.” Launched in 2006 by French art director Thomas Lenthal, the latest issue of Paradis is 400-pages thick and has been nearly two years in the making. “We have a gestation period like an elephant—22 months or thereabouts—and our aim is to be an antidote to the normal constraints contributors face when publishing a magazine. We only publish when we feel an issue is truly complete,” says Wingfield. Issue six, which hits newsstands next week, also features photographer Erwan Frotin, writers Alain de Botton and Rick Moody, and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewing Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close and Elizabeth Peyton with portraits by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
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