Martin Schoeller: Close – (Hardcover) Description:

Martin Schoeller: Close Close presents 120 portraits of the worlds most famous and influential people across the arts and entertainment industries politics business and sport–from Julia Roberts and Adele to Frank Gehry and Marina Abramovic Barack Obama Julian Assange and Roger Federer. Between 2005 and 2018 Martin Schoeller (born 1968) photographed his subjects in his words to create a level platform where a viewers existing notions of celebrity values and honesty are challenged. Schoeller realized this goal by subjecting his sitters to equal technical treatment: each portrait is a close-up of a face with the same camera angle and lighting. The expressions are consistently neutral serious yet relaxed in an attempt to tease out his subjects differences and capture moments that felt intimate unposed. Schoellers inspiration for Close was the water-tower series of Bernd and Hilla Becher his ambition to adapt their systematic approach to portraiture. Amid Schoellers famous subjects are also some unknown and unfamiliar ones a means to comprehensively make his project an informal anthropological study of the faces of our time. Martin Schoeller: Close – (Hardcover)