An A-list photographer plays with expectations in a Korn Gallery show.
By Renée Olson
It was an art exhibit unlikely to go unnoticed. Or unremarked upon. “Female Bodybuilders,” a collection of outsized photos by Martin Schoeller, arrived in the Korn Gallery this spring, courtesy of photography professor Rebecca Soderholm, a longtime friend. Known for his arresting celebrity portraiture, Schoeller, who spoke to students at the show’s opening, was drawn to document the women who embrace the shadow world of competitive bodybuilding, and the contrasts they embody. “The powerful, rippling muscles and bulging veins seem to be in direct opposition to the sequined and patterned bikinis, the flashy jewelry and the decidedly feminine makeup the women wear,” wrote Tyler Metteer ’15 in The Acorn. “While their physical appearance is very atypical, it’s difficult to look away.”