Martin Schoeller (1968-); “Close-Up”

Os retratos fotográficos da série “Close-Up” de Martin Schoeller são desconcertantes na medida em que confrontam o espectador olhos-nos-olhos com as características faciais dos retratados. Os sujeitos tanto podem ser anónimos – os membros de uma tribo do Amazonas, por exemplo – como celebridades.

O tratamento visual, restringindo-se a um plano muito fechado e muito detalhado da face, nivela todos os retratados, despindo-os de outros factores que normalmente usamos para definir a sua personalidade – pose, atitude, vestuário, cenário, etc, que estão aqui quase completamente ausentes.

© Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller grew up in Germany and was deeply influenced by August Sander’s countless portraits of the poor, the working class and the bourgeoise as well as by Bernd and Hilla Becher, who spawned a school known as the Becher-Schüler.

Schoeller studied photography at Lette Verein in Berlin. He came to New York in 1993 and worked as an assistant for Annie Leibovitz from 1993 to 1996.

“Watching her deal with all of the elements that have to come together—subjects, lighting, production, weather, styling, location—gave me an insight into what it takes to be a portrait photographer,” he explains.

Equally important for Schoeller was the photography of German minimalists Bernd and Hilla Becher, who “inspired me to take a series of pictures, to build a platform that allows you to compare.”

His style is distinguished by similar treatment of all subjects whether they are celebrities or unknown.  Schoeller’s portraiture brings viewers eye-to-eye with the well-known and the anonymous leveling them in an inherently democratic fashion.

Text source: Insideout

Um vídeo que documenta uma sessão fotográfica de Martin Schoeller: