Martin Schoeller

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Martin Schoeller
Born Martin Schoeller
(1968-03-12) March 12, 1968 (age 48)
Munich, Germany
Nationality German
Education Lette Verein in Berlin
Website martinschoeller.com
International Center of Photography, New York

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 "National Geographic Magazine", The New Yorker, "New York Time Magazine", Time, GQ, and Vogue.[1] He has been a staff photographer at The New Yorker since 1999.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Munich, Germany on March 12, 1968. In his early years he was influenced by photographers August Sander, Bernd Becher, and Hilla Becher.[3] Schoeller studied photography at Lette-Verein in Berlin.

Career[edit]

Schoeller started his career in Germany,[2] 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.[4][5] 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.[2][3]

Over the years, his large-scale portraits have been exhibited at various museums and galleries worldwide.[3] 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.[5] Another, "Female Bodybuilders," was published by Pond Press in 2008. Stern published a portfolio of his work, "Fotographie Portfolio #54", also in 2008. His most recent book "Portraits", published in 2014 by teNeues, features a 15-year retrospective of his environmental portraiture. He also launched simultaneous exhibitions in Berlin and New York City featuring the work upon release of the book. His work is in the Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.[1]

He shot the controversial cover of the May 21, 2012 issue of Time magazine about attachment parenting.[6][7][8] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Married to Helen Rutman Schoeller, a graphic designer, in 2000. He currently lives and works in Manhattan, New York.[2][3]

Honors[edit]

• 1998-2015 – American Photography Photo Annual
• 1999-2015 – Communication Arts Photo Annual
• 2016 – Finalist, Best Covers, National Magazine Awards: American Society of Magazine Editors – “The Reign of Kevin Hart” The Hollywood Reporter
• 2015 – Finalist, Best Covers, National Magazine Awards: American Society of Magazine Editors – “Saint Bill [Murray]” Variety
• 2015 – Medal Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “The Bodies We Want: Travis & Lyn-Z Pastrana” ESPN
• 2015 – Medal Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “Saint Bill [Murray]” Variety
• 2014 – Winner, Best Covers, National Magazine Awards: American Society of Magazine Editors – “Michael Douglas is Liberace” New York Magazine
• 2014 – Medal Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “Bloomberg” New York Magazine
• 2014 – Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “The Flight Risk” The New York Times Mag.
• 2014 – Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “Sonny Rollins, the Colossus” Men’s Journal
• 2013 – Medal Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “Tastemakers” Bon Appétit
• 2013 – Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “Twins” National Geographic
• 2013 – Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “Diane von Furstenberg” Boston Common
• 2012 – Best of 2012: National Geographic Magazine Photos of the Year – “Johanna & Eva Gill”
• 2012 – Top 10 Photos of 2012, TIME Magazine – “Gabby Douglas”
• 2012 – Best Photo Book 2012, American Photo Magazine – “Identical: Portraits of Twins”
• 2012 – Gold Medal, Society of Publication Designers – “Zach Galifianakis” GQ
• 2012 – Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “Ashrita Furman” The New Yorker
• 2012 – Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “TIME 100” TIME Magazine
• 2011 – Medal Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “Rheinmaidens” The New Yorker
• 2011 – Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “Marina Abramovic” The New Yorker
• 2011 – Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “Marina Abramovic” Stern
• 2011 – Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “April Bloomfield” The New Yorker
• 2011 – Cover Merit Winner, Society of Publication Designers – “Kobe Bryant” SLAM Magazine
• 2001-2010 – Photo District News Photo Annual
• 2010 – Winner, Best Covers, American Society of Magazine Editors – “Men of the Year Issue” GQ
• 2010 – Finalist, National Magazine Awards: Photo Portfolio, American Society of Magazine Editors – “The Hadza” National Geographic
• 2010 – Gold Medal, Society of Publication Designers – “The Hadza” National Geographic
• 2010 – Medal Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “The Actress” The New Yorker
• 2010 – Medal Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “Men of the Year Portfolio” GQ
• 2009 – Best of 2009: National Geographic Magazine Photos of the Year – “Nija”
• 2009 – Medal Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “Marc Jacobs Doesn’t Give a F***” GQ
• 2009 – Finalist, National Magazine Awards: Best in Entertainment/Celebrity Covers, American Society of Magazine Editors – “How to Be a Man” Issue Esquire
• 2008 – Best Portrait Award, American Photo Images of the Year
• 2008 – Finalist, National Magazine Awards: Photojournalism, American Society of Magazine Editors – “The Interpreter” The New Yorker
• 2008 – Cover Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “American Gangster” Entertainment Weekly
• 2008 – Medal Finalist, Society of Publication Designers – “George Clooney” Entertainment Weekly
• 2008 – Merit Award, Society of Publication Designers – “Chill Will” Premiere Magazine
• 2008 – Merit Award: Entire Issue, Society of Publication Designers – GQ
• 2006 – Best Celebrity Cover 2nd Place, Magazine Publishers of America – “Steve Carell” Premiere Magazine
• 2004 – Gold Medal, Society of Publication Designers – “Tigers of the Snow: Three Generations of Great Climbing Sherpas” Outside Magazine
• 2004 – Finalist, National Magazine Awards: Photo Portfolio/Essay, American Society of Magazine Editors – “Tigers of the Snow: Three Generations of Great Climbing Sherpas” Outside Magazine
• 2002 – Silver Medal, Society of Publication Designers – “Hip Hop Portfolio” The New Yorker
• 2001 – Gold Medal, Society of Publication Designers – “Sports Portfolio” The New Yorker
• 2000 – Silver Medal, Society of Publication Designers – “Cheerleaders” Rolling Stone
• 2000 – Best New Talent, LIFE Magazine Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards

Solo exhibitions[edit]

• 2015-2016 "Martin Schoeller: Up Close", Fotografiska (Stockholm, Sweden)
• 2014-2015 "Portraits", Hasted Kraeutler Gallery (New York, NY)
• 2014-2015 "Portraits", CWC Gallery (Berlin, Germany)
• 2013-2014 "Close Up", EMP Museum (Seattle, WA)
• 2013 "Identical: Portraits of Twins", Ace Gallery (Beverly Hills, CA)
• 2013 "Female Bodybuilders", Drew University (Madison, NJ)
• 2013 "Close Up", Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL)
• 2012 "Close Up", Naples Museum of Art (Naples, FL)
• 2012 "Close Up", Boca Raton Museum of Art (Boca Raton, FL)
• 2011 "Behind the Mask", Museum the Kennedys (Berlin, Germany)
• 2010-2011 "Close Up", National Portrait Gallery (Canberra, Australia)
• 2010 "Close Up & Female Bodybuilders", Hasted Hunt Kraeutler Gallery (New York, NY)
• 2009 "Martin Schoeller: Portraits", A. galerie (Paris, France)
• 2008 "Female Bodybuilders", Ace Gallery (Beverly Hills, CA)
• 2008 "Close Up", Hasted Hunt Gallery (New York, NY)
• 2007 "Close Up", Ace Gallery (Beverly Hills, CA)
• 2007 "Close Up", Bernard Toale Gallery (Boston, MA)
• 2007 "Close Up", Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA)
• 2006 "Close Up", Brancolini Grimaldi Contemporary Art (Florence, Italy)
• 2006 "Close Up", Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
• 2006 "Close Up", Hasted Hunt Gallery (New York, NY)
• 2005 "Close Up", Camera Work (Berlin, Germany)
• 2005 "Close Up", Forma Galleria (Milan, Italy)

Noted Projects[edit]

  • Photographing the Pirahã tribe in northwestern Brazil for The New Yorker [9]
  • Photographing the Hadza tribe in Tanzania for National Geographic [10]
  • Photographing the homeless clients of the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition and posting the photos exclusively on Instagram to raise awareness of homelessness and support for the volunteer-run non profit.

Schoeller's photo books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Feature Photography/Martin Schoeller". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved Feb 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Contributors: Martib Schoeller". The New Yorker. Retrieved Feb 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Photographers: Martin Schoeller". National Geographic. Retrieved Feb 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Schoeller puts stars, strangers on same platform". The Daily Eastern News. January 31, 2013. Retrieved Feb 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Kochman, Michael (Jun 13, 2005). "Face Time". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved Feb 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ iPad iPhone Android TIME TV Populist The Page (2012-05-21). "TIME Magazine Cover: Are You Mom Enough? - May 21, 2012 - Parenting - Mother - Babies - Children - U.S". Time.com. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  7. ^ iPad iPhone Android TIME TV Populist The Page (2012-05-10). "Breast-Feeding Photos: TIME Cover on Attachment Parenting - LightBox". Lightbox.time.com. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  8. ^ Haughney, Christine (2012-05-20). "Time and Newsweek Magazine Covers Catch Eyes and Clicks". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "A Tribe Apart". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  10. ^ "The Hadza". National Geographic. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 

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