Martin Schoeller got his break as a photographer assisting Annie Leibovitz from 1993 to 1996. He then went on to hone his craft by photographing people he met on the streets. These portraits attracted worldwide recognition.
Scholler’s work has been exhibited around the world and featured in publications like GQ, Esquire, National Geographic and The New Yorker.
The thing I love about Schoeller’s style is that it’s so up close and personal. Oh and he’s shooting totally old school on medium format film with continuous lights.
Schoeller uses 2 kino flo strip banks in front of his model and directs the lights towards their nose.
This is how he creates the district catchlights in the eyes. He places the camera between the two lights and there is only a very thin gap.
The other factor that gives his work its unique look is the use of film rather than digital.
In this behind the scenes video Scholler photographs Porsche’s LMP1 drivers on the Nürburgring immediately after they finished racing. Their faces look exhausted and their minds are elsewhere.