This week I opened the book on page 168, on the Portrait chapter.
#2: Martin Schoeller
PHOTO:BOX introduces Schoeller as one of the most prominent and original photographers of his generation. He has photographed many different celebrities as well as ordinary people and shoots close up with a strong and uniform light.
From the book: “During a shoot the photographer just waits; he gives no instructions to the subject, other than simply ‘to be’ in front of the lens, and he then waits for the unguarded moment when the mask falls and the true personality is revealed.”
5 facts about the photographer:
- After high school he received a grant to study at photography school.
- He moved to NY in 1992.
- From 1993 to 1996 he worked as an assistant to Annie Leibovitz.
- Then he started his freelance career.
- Since 1999 he has worked for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Vogue, among others.
Reading about Martin Schoeller made me think again how important it is for a photographer to find a style that clearly illustrates the photographer’s visions and intentions.