Martin Schoeller is one of the preeminent portrait photographers of our time. This exhibition of his work at the Nederlands Fotomuseum is the first ever held in the Netherlands. Schoeller owes his international acclaim to his iconic Close Up series, on which he has worked ceaselessly for over twenty years. The series contains visuals of both famous and lesser-known subjects, all taken in extreme close-up. Using the same lens, lighting and angle, the result is a series of portraits unbound by their contexts. Schoeller’s subjects include international icons such as George Clooney, Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie, Angela Merkel, Jack Nicholson, Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg.
New York-based photographer Martin Schoeller is best-known for his ‘big head’ portraits: full-frontal, hyper-detailed close-ups of faces printed in large format. In this much-lauded Close Up series, Schoeller photographs well-known politicians, actors, musicians and sports personalities.
Martin Schoeller | Big Heads is scheduled to run from 19 May to 2 September at the Nederlands Fotomuseum. At the opening on 18 May, a new ‘big head’ portrait - this time including a Dutch celebrity - will be unveiled in the presence of the photographer. In addition to the photographs from the Close Up series, the exhibition will include visuals from three of Schoeller’s other portrait series.