Based in the US
Martin Schoeller, born in Germany in 1968, is a well-known contemporary portrait photographer. He is recognized for his extreme close-up portraits, which treat both famous and ordinary individuals with equal scrutiny. Schoeller draws influence from photographers like August Sander and the Becher-Schüler, who focused on capturing a wide range of people across different social classes.
After studying photography at the Lette Verein, Schoeller relocated to New York in the mid-1990s and began his career there. His work gained attention for its strong visual impact, leading to collaborations with renowned publications such as National Geographic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, TIME, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and GQ.
Schoeller's portraits have also been featured in major advertising campaigns for notable brands, including Volvo, Chevron, Allstate, HBO, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Mercedes, DreamWorks, Southwest Airlines, GE, and Johnnie Walker. His Colin Kaepernick image for Nike's "Just Do It" campaign received critical acclaim, earning prestigious awards such as the D&AD Black Pencil and the Outdoor Grand Prix at Cannes.
Internationally exhibited and collected, Schoeller's portraits can be found in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He currently resides and works in New York City.