An exhibition of Martin Schoeller’s photographs will open at Ace Gallery on March 5th. Schoeller, who won the Life Magazine Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for new talent in 2000, makes each feature of his subjects vividly distinctive. The show at Ace Gallery will feature Schoeller’s photographs of female body-builders, large format images in which each woman is pictured from the stomach up. With vapid, grey backgrounds, the photographs are all about the women’s grippingly well-defined features.
Schoeller worked with Annie Leibovitz from 1993-1996. Like Leibovitz, he often photographs celebrities and has shot for a variety of high-profile magazines, including Rolling Stone, GQ and Vogue. Unlike Leibovitz, whose images often create environments around their subjects, Schoeller’s work has less to do with context and more to do with staring his subjects in the eyes.
In addition to Ace, Schoeller has shown work at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, at Bernard Toale Gallery, also in Boston, and at Hasted Hunt in New York. His most recent show at Hasted Hunt, which included piercing photographs of Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, and Terence Howard, closed on February 23, 2008. Schoeller, who was born in Munich, Germany, currently lives and works in New York. “Female Bodybuilders” at Ace Gallery will run through April. The exhibition’s exact closing date has not yet been announced.