Allan Teger

b 1942

 

Allan Teger Allan Teger was one of the first contemproray artists to rediscover the old technique of hand painting photographs. His work explores our memories and dreams with images of old diners, amusement parks and other icons of the vanishing American landscape from the first part of the century. Other images include scenes from Europe which depict what is quickly disappearing the old cafes, storefronts and simple lifestyle of a bygone era.

The most recent European images are from the Carnival in Venice Italy. The tradional technique of hand painting a black and white photograph adds to the emotional quality of the images. The result is an image that evokes a timeless moment, the energy of stillness, in which the past and the present and the future all come together.

Teger, who holds a Ph.D in psychology, taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University before leaving academics in 1981 to pursue a full time career in art. Much of his work is derived from his interest in consciousness and mysticism and from the practice of meditation.

Video of Bodyscapes


2015 Photo Transfer Exhibit        Handcolored Photographs           Bodyscapes           Surreal Bodyscapes           One of a Kind

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Bodyscapes

A photography gallery of collectible, black and white photographs that are not digital images or double exposures of the nude body giving the impression of landscape. These  monochrome art photographs are limited editions for the collector of fine art. The naked form become ski slopes, fishing holes, golf courses and places where rowboats, sailboats and mountain climbers play.

These photographs are part of the special BODYSCAPE COLLECTORS' EDITION.  These silver-gelatin darkroom prints are printed on 16" x 20" fiber paper with 10" x 13" image, matted to 20" x 24".  Archival materials and processing have been used to insure the longevity of the image.

Also available are the regular Edition 8" x 10" image Matted 11" x 14" printed on RC paper.

More information on how his idea for Bodyscapes came about

Times of the Island Magazine, feature article on Teger's Bodyscapes

Huffingtonpost.com, Nude-Landscapes

Collectors Edition

Signed and numbered limited edition archival photographs

Image 10" x 13"
Matted 20" x 24"

Printed on 16" x 20" Fiber Paper

$275.00 unframed

Framed special $375, with 1" Charcoal Flat Wood profile

Golf, Tennis, Climbing, Water Sports, Fishing, Picnics, Gardening, Music


Sand Trap

Sand Trap
Golfer

Golfer
Golf Tee

Golf Ball onTee

Ball In The Rough

 

Ball In The Rough

Golfing In The Rough

 

Golfing In The Rough

Mountain Climbers

 

Mountain Climbers

Fore

 

Fore

 

 

Uphill Lie

 

Uphill Lie

Teeing Off

 

Teeing Off

19th-hole

 

19th-hole

Woman Golfer

 

Woman Golfer

Medical Books

 

Medical Books

Windsurfers

 

Windsurfers

 

 

Happy Hour

 

Happy Hour

Choppers

 

Choppers

 

Acrobats


Acrobats

Motocross


Motocross

Kayaks

Kayaks

Two Surfers

 

Two Surfers

 

 

Dolphins

 

Dolphins

Sailboat Couple

 

Sailboat Couple

Ski Lift

 

Ski Lift

Law Books

 

Law Books

 

 

Picnic

 

Picnic

Footbridge

 

Footbridge

Scuba

 

Scuba

 

 

Swimming Hole

 

Swimming Hole

Farmlands


Farmlands

Hollywood


Hollywood

Highwire

 

High Wire

Sailboat and Lighthouse


Sailboat & Lighthouse

Alligator


Alligator

Diver

Diver

Rickshaw 2


Rickshaw #2

Fishing Hole

Fishing in Navel
Lounge Chair

Lounge Chair
Ducks

Ducks
Dogs

Dogs
Pussy Cats

Pussy Cats

Fireladder


Fireladder

Eat Cafe

 

Eat Cafe

Pregnant Woman

Pregnant Woman

Asian Fisherman


Asian Fisherman

Winery

Winery

Wolf


Wolf

Big Turtle


Big Turtle

Monets Garden


Monets Garden

Biplane


Biplane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People often ask me where the idea for my Bodyscapes® originated.

I have to confess that it didn't come from an interest in photographing nudes or from studio photography. Self taught as a photographer, I was originally trained as a social psychologist. Bodyscapes® evolved from my study of psychology.

During the 70's I was involved in teaching and academic counseling at the University of Pennsylvania, and had volunteered as a drug counselor at a free clinic in Philadelphia. I had begun to feel that traditional academic psychology wasn't really addressing the issues of the inner journey or the way in which we view the world.

Books on consciousness, mysticism, meditation, drug experiences and altered realities were just beginning to make it into popular culture. As a result, my interests began to evolve and my teaching became less traditional. I began teaching my students to meditate. We were reading the Tao Te Ching, The Bhagavad-Gita, books by Ram Dass, Carl Rogers. Castenada, Huxley, Watts and others. The concepts of altered realities, subjective reality, and mystical consciousness were becoming a part of my thinking.

I wanted to demonstrate in art the ideas that I was studying and teaching. The theme that occupied my thoughts was one of multiple realities. I had read many accounts of adventures in mystical consciousness and was certain that the most basic concept to understand and accept is that two realities can exist simultaneously. Both can be correct even though each is different. In 1975 I turned to photography as the medium to illustrate the coexistence of two realities.

I remember the moment that the idea for Bodyscapes® came to me. I was thinking that the shape and structure of the universe repeated itself at every level and suddenly I had the image in my mind of a skier going down a breast. This was it – the universe repeating its shapes – a body looking like a mountain. It was also an example of two realities coexisting. The picture could be seen as a landscape and it could also be seen as a body. Although they were different, both perceptions were right at the same time. I knew instantly that I had an entire series of images waiting to be captured on film.

Within a week or two I had my first model and began shooting. I was a complete newcomer in the world of art. I had never taken a course in photography, art, or art history, and had no idea that other people had ever thought of the similarity of bodies and landscapes. So I approached the project with naive energy, convinced that I was breaking new ground with each exposure.

I created these images by placing toys and miniatures on the body and shooting the picture as a single exposure. I knew it was possible to produce multiple exposure images such as photo montages, but felt that if it were to appear real to the viewer, it had to actually be real at some level... with the figure and the body together at the same time. Furthermore, I didn't want to resort to camera or darkroom tricks as that would make the work less credible.

Over the years I have discovered that art can be fun and serious at the same time. I have always believed that in the end an artist needs to communicate to the viewer, and involve them in the work to complete the experience. I feel that my art is complete when a viewer reacts to it. I have enjoyed creating Bodyscapes® and I enjoy sharing them with others and seeing their response.

It is always fun and interesting to see people discover for the first time, that the landscapes that they were looking at were really human bodies. Some people never see it until their friends point it out to them. Some look at the whole collection and then ask me what I mean by "Bodyscapes"®, or ask me which mountains I photographed. It's hard to keep a straight face as they puzzle over the photographs – knowing they are missing something and looking for clues to the answer.

My favorite story is about a couple with a young boy who appeared to be five years old. His parents asked him if he knew where the photographs had been taken. He answered with great certainty. "Yes", he said, "California!" Some parents use the photographs as a teaching opportunity – pointing out the beauty of the naked body as a landscape. Several times I have seen young children explain to their older, less observant parents, the hidden truth of the images.

Some people hang these images in their homes and offices and their families and friends do not realize for years that the images contain bodies. Therapists tell me they could psychoanalyze me because of this work. I have had people tell me I am "sick" (usually with a smile!), and others tell me that I brighten their day and give them a new way of looking at the world. Some ask where I get the "little people", and others ask where I find a landscape that looks just like a body. Some are serious, some are joking – but, in the end, I find that people are generally fascinated by them.

My interest in photography began when I received my first camera at the age of 13. In both high school and college I was the photography editor of the newspaper and yearbook. I then put photography on hold while I pursued a career in psychology. I began the Bodyscapes in l975 and left academics in l981 to devote my full time to art photography.

Résumé

One Man Shows

2000 Art & Soul Gallery, Woodstock, NY
1999 Forms Gallery, Delray, FL
1996 Lake Avenue Gallery, Lake Worth, FL
1995 Hooloomooloo, Boston, MA
1995 Gallery On The Square, Roanoke, VA
1994 James Beard Foundation, New York, NY
1988 Susan Spiritus Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
1986 Neo Deco, Chicago, IL
1986 Gallery at Young & Rubican, NYC, NY
1985 Quinn-Frank Gallery, Denver, CO
1984 Jacqueline's, NYC, NY

Group Shows

2008 Hibiscus Center Traveling Exhibition, Vero Beach, FL
2008 Detroit Dirty Show
2008 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show, Bloomiington, IN
2008 Erotic Signature Traveling Exhibition, Maimi, FL
2007 Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, FL (two person show)
2007 James Schot Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL
2007 Severence Gallery, Detroit, MI
2006 Lake Wales Art Center Lake Wales, FL
2005 Backus Gallery, Ft Pierce, FL
2005 Bonnet House Museum, Ft Lauderdale, FL
2005 Dog and Pony Show Gallery, Naples, FL
2004 Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX
2004 Barnsite Gallery, Kewaunee, WI
2004 Washington Gallery of Photography, Bethesda, MD
2004 Orange Country Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
1999 Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, NY
Li Daniels Gallery, Rosendale, NY
1997 Liss Gallery. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1996 Swann Gallery, Detroit, MI
1995 Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, MA
1994 Griffin Center for Photographic Art, Winchester, MA
1994 Westport Art Center, Westport, CT
1991 Vermont State Craft Center, Middlebury, VT
1990 Photographic Image Gallery, Portland, OR
1990 Newton Art Center, Newton, MA
1989 Alternatives 89, Siegfried Gallery, Athens, OH
1988 Jannes Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 Douglas Albert Gallery, State College, PA
1987 Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
1986 Quinn-Frank Gallery, Denver, CO
1985 Mills Gallery, Boston, MA
1985 Quinn-Frank Gallery, Denver, CO
1983 PhotoShow Intl.Gallery, touring United States
1983 Mills Gallery, Boston, MA
1983 Atelier 564, Newton, MA
1981 Mazur-Mazur Gallery, Deerfield, IL
1981 Sylvia Ullman's Crafts Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1980 PhotoShow Intl. Gallery, touring United States
1979 Mobilia, Cambridge, MA
1979 PhotoShow Intl. Gallery, touring United States
1978 Mobilia, Cambridge, MA
1978 Wadsworth Gallery, Devon, PA

Publications

2008 (in press): The Worlds Greatest Erotic Art of Today, Vol II
2008 (in press): Sensual World
2008 Digital Photography Magazine
2007 Macro Photography, Kamps, J.J. Wiley
2007 Times of the Island, Sanibel, FL (cover story)
2007 American Social Psychology Quartely (cover story)
2007 Twin Cities Luxury and Fashion, Minn, MN
2006 Phot Magazine, Moscow, Russia
2006 Art Fairs International Magazine
2005 Uptown Show Poster, Minneapolis, MN
2004 FHM (Hungary and Indonesia)
2004 Deco Posters, Posters International, Toronto, Canada
2003 FHM (U.K. and Singapore)
2003 GQ Magazine (Italy and Spain)
2002 Esquire Magazine
2002 Dreamscape Posters, Posters International, Toronto Canada
2001 Auto Forum, Germany
2001 Wisconsin Review
2001 CD record album cover, Gladshot's "Relic"
2000 feature article in AutoForum Magazine, Germany
2000 TidensMind Magazine, Germany
2000 People Magazine, Australia
2000 Clockwork Magazine, Germany
1999 Tomorrow Magazine, Germany
1995 BODYSCAPES Book, Shade Tree Press, Ft. Meyers, FL
1994 Cover photo of Sec. of Commerical Arch. magazine
1994 CD record album cover, Jay Anderson's "Local Color"
1992 DINER Calendar, Pomegranate Publications
1992 Posters, Art Resources, Brewster, N.Y.
1991 Greeting cards, Pomegranate Publications
1989 Posters, Waterline Publications, Boston, MA
1989 DECO Calendar,Landmark General, Novato, CA
1988 BODYSCAPE Poster, Capital Concepts Publishing, VA
1982 Playboy Magazine USA
1981 Northern Ohio Live Magazine
1978 Boston Magazine
1977 National Shorhand Reporter, Cover photo
1976 National Lampoon Magazine

Collections & Installations

California State University Musem, Long Beach, CA
IBM, Atlanta, GA
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
The Sycamores, Altadena, CA
Emerald Square Mall, Attleboro, MA
Permanent collection of the Kinsey Institute

Education

B.A Lafayette College, 1964
M.A. University of Delaware, 1966
Ph.D. State University of N.Y., Buffalo, 1969