Martin Schoeller, Homeless, Los Angeles, Street Life, KOLUMN Magazine

Portraits of L.A.’s Homeless Influence City’s Strategy to Help Them

Portraits of L.A.’s Homeless Influence City’s Strategy to Help Them

BECKY LITTLE | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

For the past three months, photographer Martin Schoeller—known for his tight portraits of President Barack Obama, Jay-Z, and anyone else you’ve heard of—has been posting pictures of homeless Los Angeles residents to his Instagram account.

Bob Each photo is captioned with a short interview or a quote from his subject and a request to donate to the #SycamoreandRomaine Campaign. (Read more about his subjects in our previous story.)

“I’ve been photographing people living on the streets for many years,” says Schoeller. “Actually, I was always fascinated by this theme.” At the same time, he says, “I always thought I should do something on Instagram—I just never knew what to do. I didn’t want to just post pictures of my own life.”



MARTIN SCHOELLER
PHOTOGRAPHER – New York
Martin Schoeller, the New York based photographer best known for his tight portraits or “Close Up” series, remains at the forefront of the photographic community.

Working on both commercial and personal projects, Martin continues to produce masterful portraits that have gained recognition for their strong visual impact. A talented photographer and humble man, Martin’s career has evolved from unassuming beginnings. After high school, a friend urged him to apply for photography school in Germany. Of 800 applicants, Martin was one of forty students accepted and after graduation, moved to New York City to pursue his photographic career.

In 1999, Martin was named one of three contracted photographers at The New Yorker and, while continuing to shoot for them and other major publications, he has also been pursuing his own photographic interests.
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Instead, Schoeller decided to use his Instagram feed to “give people living on the street a voice and a face.”

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