Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller (*1968 in Munich) is one of the most renowned and preeminent contemporary portrait photographers in the world. After studying photography in Berlin at the prestigious Lette-Verein and in Hamburg, he assisted Annie Leibovitz in New York for four years before starting to focus exclusively on his own photography in 1996. Martin Schoeller is a regular contributor to acclaimed publications and, like Richard Avedon before him, served as a contract editorial photographer for »The New Yorker«.

His famous series »Close Up« is considered one of the most important portraiture series in the art world. Exhibited worldwide in museums and on art fairs, Schoeller has been working on the series since 1998. It features more than 200 leading personalities from politics, culture, arts, music, acting and sports. The photographs are sought-after pieces on the art market and are featured in prominent art auctions with secondary market results of more than $45,000.

His first book »Close Up« (teNeues) was published in 2005, followed by several fine art books that showcase other facets of Schoeller’s work. His book »Close« was published by Steidl in 2018, followed by two more monographs. Editions of his photography are sought-after in the fine art market and are exhibited in museums and art institutions around the world. Martin Schoeller lives and works in New York.

CAMERA WORK gallery is Martin Schoeller’s exclusive gallery and presented his first international exhibition in 2005.


2023 · Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York)
2023 · CAMERA WORK Gallery (Berlin)
2022 · Somerset House (London)
2021 · Fotomuseum (Maastrict)
2020 · CAMERA WORK (Berlin)
2020 · NRW-Forum (Duesseldorf)
2020 · Zeche Zollverein (Essen)
2018 · CWC GALLERY (Berlin)
2018 · Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam)
2015 · Fotografiska (Stockholm)
2014 · CWC GALLERY (Berlin)
2013 · Museum of Pop Culture (Seattle)
2012 · Naples Museum of Art (Naples)
2011 · Museum THE KENNEDYS (Berlin)
2008 · National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
2007 · Griffin Museum (Winchester)
2005 · CAMERA WORK (Berlin)

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