The New Yorker


Jan 22, 2008

Schoeller’s signature style is the cropped, unflattering mug shot. Pinned by the camera and lit like consumer products, his subjects have nowhere to hide, but, since most of them are celebrities, they not only survive the confrontation and the glare—they look marvellous. George Clooney, Helen Mirren, Joe Namath, and Justin Timberlake are among the famous faces gathered here, but they share the space with a number of unknowns, notably members of an Amazonian tribe of hunter-gatherers whose portraits were commissioned for this magazine. Because these handsome people, living on the verge of extinction, have no professional masks to retreat behind, they’re the most vivid, complicated, and compelling subjects in the show. Through Feb. 23. (Hasted Hunt, 529 W. 29th St. 212-627-0006.)