Marco Justus Schöler calls himself an "analogue photographer with digital equipment". He got into photography at the age of 16 when he came across a bunch of Lomography cameras. Today, he counts well-known brands among his clients and regularly takes portraits of celebrities including Bud Spencer, Alexander Fehling and Matthias Schweighöfer.
Recently, the German photographer launched his biggest project yet, “Faces Behind the voices”. In this series of portraits, Schöler explored the anonymity of Germany’s most respected dubbers who lend their voices to Hollywood actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Craig. Inspired by his photographic journey, we asked him some questions about his work and his latest project.
In our email correspondence prior to this interview you mentioned that your very first analogue camera was a Fisheye One. Can you tell us more about your beginnings in photography and your experience with your first camera?
Yes, my very first camera was in fact a Fisheye One. After my first months of exploring analogue photography, my grandpa passed a lot of his old cameras to me.
Can we see some of the photos you took with your Lomography cameras?
So you've moved on to digital gear and create a very different kind of photography. What has changed for you in the way you see photography?
Yes, after learning analogue portraits for two to three years I bought a Canon DSLR camera. Actually, I consider myself a typical analogue photographer with digital equipment. Every shot is well-considered.
What’s your relationship to analogue photography today? Do you still sometimes shoot with your Fisheye One or other analogue cameras?
Three weeks ago, I was on Gran Canaria and shot four rolls of films. It was a very good feeling to go 'back to the roots'. I think that analogue photography is like a passion for me and digital photography my job.
You’ve decided to specialize in portraits, why did you decide to do so and what is it about portrait photography that has kept your fascination alive over the years?
Every day, I have the opportunity to work with different kinds of people: a homeless man, a famous actor, CEO of a start-up, a professional model … Every shoot has a new story and a new destiny.
A lot of the people you photograph are celebrities. How is it different than shooting people less known to the public?
I enjoy working with celebrities. They are focused, professionally and on point. The secret of celebrity photography is -- in my opinion -- the fact that celebrities are people like me and you.
You’ve just released “Faces Behind the Voices”, your biggest project yet, which will be presented as a multimedia exhibition in numerous train stations across Germany. What does this project mean to you?
I worked on this project for about two years. There were a lot of ups and downs. It was a matter of the heart. For that reason I’m very happy and proud that this project is very popular and that the exhibitions have already been visited by thousands of people.
The voice-over artists you photographed for this are usually not in the spotlight. What did the collaboration process look like? Was it difficult to convince them of your idea?
Yes, this was the hardest part of the project: to convince the shy dubbing actors. But in the end the collaboration was very professional and relaxed.
Do you have any other big projects coming up?
Yes, actually I’m planning a new long-term project, but I don’t want to disclose too much. One little hint: Los Angeles. I will tell you about it in our next interview 2018, haha.
And finally, what’s the best tip you can give to fellow photographers for taking the perfect portrait?
Don’t think too much, just do it! And: take bad photos and learn from it!
If you want to see more of Marco Justus Schöler's work, check out his website and follow him on Instagram. To find out more about his project "Faces Behind the Voices" go to http://facesbehindthevoices.de/.