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  • September 17, 2013

Martin Schoeller on Intimate Portraiture

“Photographing things the same way and then building a platform … invites people to compare, that enables the viewer to look at eyes in a different way.”
—Martin Schoeller

Twin sisters Eva and Johanna Gill
Twin sisters Eva, left, and Johanna Gill, from the January 2012 National Geographic story “A Thing or Two About Twins”

Martin Schoeller is known for his distinctive, close-up portraits. He says that this style of portraiture makes it all about the person and removes unnecessary distractions such as clothes, environment, or background. Though his concept of portraiture is simple, he has taken complex and intimate photographs of people from around the world. Schoeller’s portraits of the Hadza people in Tanzania and of numerous sets of twins have appeared in National Geographic magazine. Schoeller was an assistant to photographer Annie Leibovitz and worked alongside Richard Avedon at the New Yorker.—Caitlin Kleiboer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This video portrait was produced by National Geographic magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It is part of an ongoing series of conversations with the photographers of the magazine, exploring the power of photography and why this life of imagemaking suits them so well. Learn more about the making of the series and watch the full trailer here.

Follow Martin Schoeller on his website.

VIDEO PRODUCTION CREDITS
Photographer: Martin Schoeller
Producers: Pamela Chen, NGM
Chad A. Stevens, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Producer: Elyse Lipman, NGM
Editor: Mika Chance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Camera and Sound: Spencer Millsap, NGM, Shannon Sanders, NGM

There are 13 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Junaid MP
    March 26, 2014

    You are one of the best Photographer in the world!

  2. fernando caceres
    March 18, 2014

    it is interenting how a photograph invites us to see the world in a different perspective. all diciplines in photography is an art indeed. i would love to fulfill a dream of mine to do work just as successful as Martin Schoeller’s

  3. Abhik Chatterjee
    February 23, 2014

    Martin Schoeller he is a real Artist.
    His Portraits depicts the life, the feeling ,the subject is having and it inspires me and make me enjoy and feel the art of Photography from my heart.
    Its My Dream Working With Nat Geo and Working with an artist like him.

  4. arun
    February 22, 2014

    ohhh nice pics brother

  5. Amit Sharma
    February 10, 2014

    Dear sir i’m a indian boy and i want to become a superb wild life photograher so please give me a one chance to learn photography with you

  6. Hosam samir
    December 28, 2013

    Genius photographer

  7. Elizabeth Redpath
    November 28, 2013

    I also am interested in taking part in a multiracial project. My dad is 100% white European and my mom was Filipino. I love looking at portraits of mixed race people. They are beautiful!

  8. Jennifer
    November 13, 2013

    If you’re still doing the multiracial portraits, I would love to be part. I am Black/White but look Dominican or Black with some White features. Cool mix! :-)

  9. Mimi
    October 13, 2013

    Would like to know if you’d be interested in my grandsons as multiracial models. They are very interesting and you are very good. Thank you.

  10. Myra Sommers
    October 6, 2013

    Martin: You are an artist for Humans.
    I am so proud of you ! Myra

  11. ATENA MIRZAEI
    September 27, 2013

    You’re quite the artist
    I’ve got to think of a portrait

  12. melanie chapman
    September 23, 2013

    I stumbled upon Mr Schoeller’s Twins work at a gallery this summer and had the BEST time looking at his photographs, including the proof sheets that lined the walls.
    Love the work, love this video.

  13. Ernie DeMoss
    September 18, 2013

    I would like to how Mr. Schoeller gets the ‘cat-eye’ effect in his portraits. It certainly is a signature.

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