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When Angelina Jolie Is No Longer Angelina Jolie

Tom Cruise declined. Mariah Carey demurred. But it was easier with Mark Zuckerberg. And with Barack Obama. They agreed. As did Clint Eastwood and Ang Lee. And Angela Merkel. And Bill Clinton. George Clooney was up for anything. Rip into an old photo and affix the nose and eyes to his face with a rubber band, like a mask. Press the shutter. Presto. Pure irony. The shot that was seen around the world.

Martin Schoeller gets closer to his subjects than any other photographer. Maximum approach, minimum distance, visceral visuals. The camera right at eye level. Light conditions like a tanning bed. An angle slightly from below. Mercilessly close. So close that the reviewer in the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung almost couldn’t find Angelina Jolie amidst all the Angelina Jolie in the image.

The faces are presented in ways never before seen in photographs. Famous faces. Obscure faces. A topography of life. Not beautiful. Not ugly. Not attractive. Not repulsive. Not joyous. Not gloomy. Just authentic. Divested of nearly all intimacy, in a close-up that expands every element. The whole fades into the background, while the details loom. Pores, wrinkles, and crow’s feet are like signposts on a trail. Scars serve as storytellers for a life. And eyes offer epiphanies into inner worlds. Schoeller says simply, “I take photos that lie less than others.”

A student of Annie Leibovitz, Schoeller has shot Quentin Tarantino in a straightjacket and Udo Lindenberg dancing on a table in a spiked helmet. Now he has taken photos of Porsche faces for Christophorus. Six to be exact. They are the faces of race-car drivers. Three of them won Le Mans in 2016 in what may well have been the most dramatic contest in the history of the 24-hour race. The other three took thirteenth place. Martin Schoeller was there for it all. His imagination needs fuel to ignite. Tension. Hope. Tragedy. Conviction. Relief. Jubilation. And then the moment, the “authentic shot,” which banishes everything else to reveal only what he seeks: the “complex emotions behind the mask of physical expression”—captured four weeks later on the Nürburgring.

Every Christophorus is different. This one all the more so. It comes in six different versions: six race-car drivers, six photos, six views of “openness and vulnerability.” Faces revealed in the stillness of an instant. A tribute to those who live the Porsche legend on the racetrack and bring its fascination to the road. For us. And for you.

Wherever you have come from, wherever you are going, our Christophorus will accompany you.

Christophorus ‒ The Porsche customer magazine

Christophorus is the official magazine for Porsche customers, and one of the oldest and most renowned customer publications in the world. Its issues have been numbered consecutively since its launch in 1952.

Named after the patron saint of travelers, the magazine provides interesting information about cars and automotive engineering, and offers an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of the company.

Christophorus currently appears five times a year in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Taiwanese Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Polish.

Selected articles will be published online successively every two weeks.

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