Martin Schoeller

German Photographer | Born: 1968

Martin Schoeller (born March 12, 1968) is a New York-based photographer whose style of "hyper-detailed close ups" is distinguished by similar treatment of all subjects whether they are celebrities or unknown. His most recognizable work are his portraits, shot with similar lighting, backdrop, and tone. His work appears in The New Yorker, Outside Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Time, GQ, Esquire, and Vogue. He has been a staff photographer at The New Yorker since 1999. Schoeller studied photography at Lette Verein in Berlin.

Schoeller started his career in Germany, and came to New York in 1993 and worked as an assistant for Annie Leibovitz from 1993 to 1996, here he developed his "big head" portrait technique, a term coined by him, of his style of "hyper-detailed close ups", which later gave him worldwide acclaim. He left in 1996 to pursue his freelancing career. Soon his street portraits started getting published in Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, and W. In 1999, Schoeller joined Richard Avedon, as a contributing portrait photographer to The New Yorker since then.

Over the year, his large-scale portraits have been exhibited at various galleries. A book of his portraits was published by teNeues in 2005: "Close Up: Portraits 1998-2005", consisting of 75 tight portraits, put together from over 300 shoots with various celebrities. Another, "Female Bodybuilders," was published by Pond Press in 2008. Stern published a portfolio of his work, "Fotographie Portfolio #54", also in 2008. His work is in the Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He shot the controversial cover of the May 21, 2012 issue of Time magazine about attachment parenting. In his latest book "Identical: Portraits of Twins" again by teNeues he examines 40 sets of identical twins and multiples in his distinctive close-up style. (Source: wikipedia.org)
Portraits
Author: Martin Schoeller
Publisher: teNeues
Year: 2014 - Pages: 280
Building on the success of his previous titles, Close Up and Identical, Martin Schoeller's momentous Portraits is cause for celebration. The illustrious photographer's full range of expression is on display in this unprecedented gathering of editorial images. With an impressive amount of variety and scale, Schoeller shares his signature compositional imagination alongside the wry wit that animates his work. Whether portraits of political leaders, Hollywood stars, business entrepreneurs, or contemporary music royalty, these images are as daring as they are exacting, playful and precise. Regardless of the subject and setting, Schoeller's photographs seemingly come to life. While Portraits will surely thrill devoted fans, it will also attract new admirers with images they've noted in top magazines. Every frame in this expansive volume is touched with Schoeller's distinctive flare for creative meticulously realized worlds--and confirm that he's a talent that consistently resets the limits of photographic portraiture.
 
Identical
Author: Martin Schoeller
Publisher: teNeues
Year: 2012 - Pages: 132
Long a source of fascination, twins have often been a theme of myth and legend. The founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus is one of the many instances that spring to mind. Even when separated at birth, twins usually have uncannily similar tastes, habits and life experiences. In this landmark photographic study, Martin Schoeller uses his distinctive close-up portrait style to examine 40 sets of identical twins, capturing every subtle aspect of their facial structure and expressions. We notice the myriad similarities and the seemingly miniscule--yet significant--differences. Browsing this remarkable collection, you'll find yourself pondering how appearance and identity define our sense of our selves.
 
Martin Schoeller
Author: Martin Schoeller
Publisher: teNeues
Year: 2009 - Pages: 96
Martin Schoeller is a master in both staged photographs as well as raw portraits establishing a new paradigm in photography. As typified in the best-selling Close Up (ISBN 978-3-8327-9045-5), Schoeller captures well-known personalities stripped of artifice and PR spin. The resultant headshots are pure and resonant. Yet, this photographic artist is also a master storyteller who juggles elements of fairytales and blockbuster movies. His action-packed vignettes are worlds unto themselves…dark little universes where anything can—and does—happen.
 
Female Bodybuilders
Author: Martin Schoeller
Publisher: Pond Press
Year: 2008 - Pages: 96
Female Bodybuilders is the second monograph by contemporary artist and photographer Martin Schoeller. Schoeller is considered a contemporary master of portrait photography. Since 1999, Martin Schoeller has been contracted by The New Yorker to capture portraits of the most recognized personalities of our time. Through this and other magazines, he has photographed President Bill Clinton, Barak Obama, Tom Wolfe, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and many others.
 
Close-Up
Author: Martin Schoeller
Publisher: teNeues
Year: 2005 - Pages: 112
Almost each week, Martin Schoeller is called upon by The New Yorker magazine to capture portraits of the most recognized personalities of our time (President Bill Clinton, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Norman Mailer, Jack Nicholson and many others). Over 100 of these stunning headshot portraits are collected here in a monograph that tracks the evolution of his style and showcases the body of his work. His photographs strip away all extras, leaving only the form and light. Martin Schoeller is a rare photographer who is advancing a new style and vision in the world of portrait photography.
 
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