Martin Schoeller

Survivors. Faces of Life after the Holocaust



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Martin Schoeller


Survivors. Faces of Life after the Holocaust presents confronting images of 75 Holocaust survivors from Israel by Martin Schoeller. Photographed in cooperation with the World Holocaust Remembrance Center Yad Vashem, the portraits mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 1945.

These compelling pictures capture the weathered faces of Jewish men and women who witnessed and endured the atrocities of the Holocaust, allowing viewers to discern their struggles and exceptional physical and spiritual resilience. Presented close-up and larger-than-life, every feature of Martin Schoeller’s subjects provides us with a piece of personal and collective history: their faces observe us, their gazes hold us. The lines they bear evidence horrors endured, as well as the triumph of their survival and building their lives anew. Survivors offers a portal to the vast legacy of the Holocaust victims—both those who survived, and those who did not—and is an attempt to preserve the incomprehensible for generations to come.

We don’t know these people, but we can thank the artist who portrayed them. He recognized what is special about them and visualized it for us so that we can enter into a dialogue—both with them and with ourselves. Joachim Gauck

Additional information

Weight 1026 g
Dimensions 22.6 x 27.6 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 15 January 2021
Number of pages 168
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Joachim Gauck
Dimensions 22.6 x 27.6 cm
Weight 1026 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).