Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller 1995–2019

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Martin Schoeller

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Martin Schoeller’s portraiture is renowned for its indelible, ultra-close-ups, with a tone, mood and compositional consistency that have energized the pages of many of America’s and Europe’s most respected publications over the last 20 years. But these revelatory photographs are just the most recognizable slice of his astonishingly searching, restless oeuvre. Schoeller has now amassed a body of work that defies classification, as he has ventured into all but invisible subcultures, the most current events, breakdowns in social justice, celebrity and several other sub-categories of public interest. As seen collectively in Martin Schoeller 1995-2019, these images comprise a veritable museum of recent history-a varied, imaginative, buoyant, disciplined and conscientious project that is the work of an inexhaustibly humane outlook.

A photographic close-up is perhaps the purest form of portraiture, creating a confrontation between the viewer and the subject that daily interaction makes impossible, or at least impolite. In a close-up, the impact stems solely from the static subject’s expression or apparent lack thereof, so the viewer is challenged to read a face without the benefit of the environmental cues we naturally use to form our interpersonal reactions. Martin Schoeller

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Weight 1070 g
Dimensions 24.9 x 30.7 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 1 June 2020
Number of pages 152
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.9 x 30.7 cm
Weight 1070 g
Born in 1968, Martin Schoeller is one of the world's preeminent contemporary portrait photographers. He is best known for his extreme close-up portraits, in which familiar faces are treated with the same scrutiny as unknown and unfamiliar ones. Whether world leaders, indigenous groups, movie stars, the homeless, athletes or artists, Schoeller levels his subjects in an inherently democratic fashion. After studying at the Lette Verein in Berlin, in the mid-1990s he moved to New York where he began his career; Schoeller has since contributed to National Geographic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time magazine and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. Schoeller exhibits internationally and his photography is held in collections including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Steidl has published Schoeller's Close (2018).