Following the success of I Just Arrived in Paris (Steidl, 2014) THE FLOW is the second book in the continuing collaboration between Juergen Teller and Nicolas Ghesquière, artistic director of Louis Vuitton. On 1 October 2014 Teller photographed Ghesquière’s Spring-Summer 2015 collection for the house, and the resulting book is a fluid mix of fashion photos in Teller’s inimitable guileless style and images of Paris shot while boating down the Seine. This combination of portraiture, still-life and landscape photography mirrors the eclectic influences and materials which Ghesquière synthesizes in his collections—a bold, unconventional flow whereby innovation unceasingly rejuvenates tradition.
Juergen Teller, born in Erlangen, Germany, in 1964, studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich. His work has been published in influential magazines such as W Magazine , i-D and Purple, and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including The Photographers’ Gallery in London, the Kunsthalle Wien and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris. Teller won the prestigious Citibank Photography Prize in 2003, and has published numerous monographs with Steidl including Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998–2009 (2009), Pictures and Text (2012), The Master III (2009), The Keys to the House (2012), Woo! (2014) and I just arrived in Paris (2014).
Nicolas Ghesquière was born in Comines in the north of France in 1971. He began his fashion career at the age of fifteen, and in 1991 joined Jean Paul Gaultier as an assistant designer. In 1995 Ghesquière was appointed creative director of Balenciaga, where he was soon acclaimed for his sculpted silhouettes and progressive style. In 2006 Ghesquière was voted by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and in 2007 he was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.