Martin shot Gold Medal winning Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas for TIME’s Olympic Special issue earlier this year. The image, included below, was selected to be part of TIME’s Lightbox highlighting the 10 Best Images of 2012.
We are pleased to announce the release of Martin Schoeller’s newest book, Identical: Portraits of Twins. There will be a free Book Signing event this Friday the 7th of December at ICP.
Book Signing: Martin Schoeller’s Identical
ICP Store, 1133 Avenue of the Americas
Friday, December 7, 6:00pm–7:30pm
Long a source of fascination, twins have often been a theme of myth and legend. The founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus is one of the many instances that spring to mind. Even when separated at birth, identical twins can have uncannily similar tastes, habits, and life experiences. In this landmark photographic study, Martin Schoeller uses his distinctive close-up portrait style to examine sets of identical twins and multiples. In capturing every subtle aspect of their facial structure, myriad similarities and seemingly miniscule—yet significant —differences are revealed, leaving one to ponder how appearance and identity is defined in individuals.
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Martin recently donated his time to shoot Close Up portraits of New York City foster kids in alliance with the non-profit organization Heart Gallery NYC. The images were collected into a television spot that was recently showing in Times Square and the Penn Station Rotunda to help raise awareness of the thousands of children in New York who need and deserve permanent homes.
The Heart Gallery was founded in New Mexico in 2001 by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. National media attention generated because of the project’s success resulted in a virtual explosion of Heart Gallery groups across America, where over 100,000 foster children are waiting to be adopted. Today there are nearly 100 Heart Galleries throughout the United States.
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Martin traveled to North Carolina in September to photograph English actor and producer Damian Lewis. His shots were used to promote the second season of the Emmy Award winning show “Homeland” for Channel 4 in the UK. The show swept the Emmys in September, garnering awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, won by Damian, and Outstanding Lead Actress, won by Claire Danes. The show received awards for Best Drama and Best Writing in a Drama Series. The images are now on billboards throughout the UK and we have some photos of this below.
What is the moment that you’re looking to create?
I think the best way to describe it is a certain moment of intimacy, of vulnerability, that I’m striving to capture. I oftentimes don’t succeed, which is heartbreaking if it’s somebody you admire or like, but a lot of actors and politicians know exactly what their face does and they have a certain expression. Some people are harder to capture this moment with than others.
What is the purpose of a portrait for you?
I think in general there’s photography that’s a little bit closer to reality and then there’s photography that’s a little bit more removed from reality – there is no such thing as an honest portrait. My environmental portraits are kind of little parodies of people. If they’re successful, they play a little bit with the person. Angelina Jolie with blood coming out of her mouth is a conceptual photo that makes sense because she used to carry blood around her neck and everybody knew she was into knife play and she’s been in all these action movies.
I read that you always have music on when you take your portraits. How do you choose what to play?
Something they might like and be comfortable with. To disarm them. To create an atmosphere where they are not so threatened by the camera. All of the sudden you have this guy a meter away from you, these big lights, curtains on the side, so whatever helps to make them feel relaxed works in my favor as a photographer.
The winners were just announced for the American Photography 28 competition and three VAUGHAN HANNIGAN photographers were Selected. Martin Schoeller’s work for for TIME and GQ was featured with an image from Julia Fullerton-Batten’s “Mother Daughter” Series and two from Erik Almås’ editorial shots for Genlux Magazine.
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Above: Erik Almås
Above: Martin Schoeller, Below: Julia Fullerton-Batten