Martin Schoeller  (American/German, 1968) 

Martin Schoeller (German, b. March 12, 1968) is a freelance photographer who is best known for his portraits of both celebrities and ordinary people. Schoeller was born in Munich, and studied photography at Lette Verein, in Berlin. He worked as a photographer in Berlin before emigrating to the United States in 1993. Once in the United States, he settled in New York, where he worked as an assistant to Annie Leibovitz (American, b. 1949). Leibovitz, who is best known for taking the last professional photograph of John Lennon hours before his murder, helped Schoeller learn the craft of magazine photography.

Schoeller worked for Leibovitz for three years before deciding to become an independent freelance photographer in 1996. Three years later, he began contributing photographs regularly to the New Yorker. Over the next ten years, he contributed portrait photographs to a variety of magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, The Outsider, Rolling Stone, GQ, and Esquire. In 2000, he won the LIFE Magazine Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Best New Talent. That same year, he got married to a graphic designer named Helene Rutman.

In the 2000s, Schoeller moved into publishing books of photographs. His first book of portraits, Close-Up: Portraits 1998-2005, was published by TeNeues in 2005, and he followed this up with two books of photographs in 2008. Pond Press published Female Bodybuilders that year, while Stern published his portfolio book, Fotographie Portfolio #54. Schoeller has lent his photographs to museums for solo exhibitions since 2005. In March 2012, some of his work was exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park, FL, and his work has been displayed in museums all over Europe and the United States since 2005. His work also permanently hangs in the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. Schoeller lives in Manhattan, where he continues to produce new portraits for use in magazines and as stand-alone pieces of art on a regular basis.

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Martin Schoeller, Adrian Brody


Martin Schoeller
Adrian Brody

Martin Schoeller, Tammy Faye Bakker


Martin Schoeller
Tammy Faye Bakker

Martin Schoeller, Meryl Streep


Martin Schoeller
Meryl Streep

Martin Schoeller, Valentino


Martin Schoeller
Martin Schoeller, Brad Pitt


Martin Schoeller
Brad Pitt

Martin Schoeller, Justin Timberlake


Martin Schoeller
Justin Timberlake

Martin Schoeller, Kobe Bryant, Close Up


Martin Schoeller
Kobe Bryant, Close Up

Martin Schoeller, Bill Murray


Martin Schoeller
Bill Murray

Martin Schoeller, Clint Eastwood


Martin Schoeller
Clint Eastwood

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Martin Schoeller, Henry Kissinger


Martin Schoeller
Henry Kissinger, 2007
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Martin Schoeller, Denzel Washington


Martin Schoeller
Denzel Washington, 2007
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Martin Schoeller, Robert De Niro


Martin Schoeller
Robert De Niro, 2007
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1968   Born in Munich, Germany
2000   Society of Publication Designers, Silver Medal- Cheerleaders Rolling Stone
2000   Life Magazine Alfred Eisenstaedt Award- Best New Talent
2001   Society of Publication Designers, Gold Medal- “Sports Portfolio” The New Yorker
2002   Society of Publication Designers, Silver Medal- Hip Hop Portfolio The New Yorker
2004   Society of Publication Designers, Gold Medal – Three Generations of Sherpas Outside Magazine Communication Arts
2006   Society of Publication Designers, Silver Medal – The Originals GQ
1998 - 2007   American Photography Award
  lives and works in New York, NY.
2012   Martin Schoeller : Closeup, Boca Raton Museum Of Art in Mizner Park, Florida (solo)
2012   She Got Game, Arlington Art Center, Virginia
2011   Beauty Culture, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California
2011   Extreme(s), Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2011   Beyond Words : Photography in The Yorker, Howard Greenberg Gallery
2011   Behind the Mask, Museum the Kennedys, Berlin (solo)
2010   Female Bodybuilders, HASTED HUNT KRAEUTLER, New York, NY (solo)
2010   Close up: Martin Schoeller, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia (solo)
2010   US Today After, curated by Gilles Verneret, Lyon Septembre de la photographie at Institute Lumière & Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
2010   Getxophoto Festival, Bilbao, Spain
2010   Out of Control, Biennale Internationale de la Photographie et des Arts Visuels, Liege, Belgium
2010   What is Beauty?, Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
2010   Americans Now, The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2009   Martin Schoeller: Portraits, A. galerie, Paris, France (solo)
2008 - 2009   Portraiture Now: Feature Photography, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2008   New Work, HASTED HUNT, New York (solo)
2008   Female Bodybuilders, Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills (solo)
2007   Close Up, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston (solo)
2007   Close Up, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston (solo)
2007   Mr. President, University Art Museum, University at Albany, New York
2007   Close Up, Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills, California (solo)
2006   Close Up, HASTED HUNT, New York (solo)
2006   Close Up, Gallery Wouter Van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2006   Close Up, Brancolini Grimaldi Contemporary Art, Florence (solo)
2005   Close Up, Forma International Center of Photography, Milan (solo)
2005   Close Up, Camerawork, Berlin (solo)
2002   Skin: Surface, Substance, and Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York
  The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.