Martin Schoeller was born in Munich Germany on March 12 of 1968. He resides in New York City. Schoeller has a very distinct style when he photographs a celebrity to an unknown individual he shoots them with the same lighting, tones and similar backgrounds. He has been given much praise for his portraits, which are original in the manner of the way he chooses to capture his subjects. Schoeller does not choose to take a picture of an individual and Photoshop all their flaws away, he uses them to his advantage to create beauty. His portraits are vivid and gorgeous. One can spend hours dissecting his photographs because of his unique use of light and his creation of tone. These photographers inspired him: August Sander, Bernd Becher, and Hilla Becher. Schoeller attended Lette Verein in Berlin for photography. In 1993 he moved to New York and worked under Annie Leibovitz. In 1996 he went on his own and launched his freelance career. In 1999 he became a regular contributing photographer to The New Yorker. Schoeller work can be seen in Vogue, Rolling Stone and GQ. In 2005 his portraits were published by Teneues, “Close Up: Portraits 1998-2005” His work is permanently on display at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.