Money People Politics
is a captivating retrospective from acclaimed contemporary photographer Marco Grob, featuring years of his portrait work.
Grob’s work captures some of the most influential, dynamic and controversial people in modern politics, popular culture, sports, entertainment, technology, science, space travel, and global culture.
As the photographer puts it himself, he has been granted “a front row seat to history”. Because of his autonomous and intimate photographic process, Grob's portraits are uniquely ennobling, but ultimately human. Regardless of whether it’s the direct, unadulterated gaze or a candid moment of vulnerability, raw emotion. Deeply passionate and committed to his hobby-turned-craft, Marco Grob believes that when you "carry a camera, you carry a responsibility."
Whether it's Hillary Clinton's fearless leader stance, Steve Jobs' subtle smile or Lady Gaga posing in a sparkling bra with cherry lips to match, there's one question TIME contract photographer Marco Grob poses in his upcoming book Money People Politics. Why do we have the face we have? he tells TIME. And what happened in our lives that we carry them the way we do? And what are the motives for people of power? Why do they want the power? Money, People, Politics, Grob's new book, features years of portraits of celebrities, politicians, innovators, and social justice figures, many which have appeared in TIME. Grob's portraits showcase aspects of his subject's characteristics. The seemingly stiff Ted Cruz, for instance, displays signs of life in a portrait where his cowboy boots introduces the viewer to a more relaxed side of the politician. Grob uses simple lighting techniques, including hand-held lights, and his intuition to optimize the time he has with his subjects. I really do three or four frames and I move on, he says. Money, People, Politics is, in a way, Grob's magnum opus of his work since he left his native Switzerland more than a decade ago and veered away from his roots as a still-life photographer. It was difficult, he says of his decision to leave. I consider it one of the most exciting and incredible times of my life, that's for sure. Because I knew, even though it was difficult, I was on the way to what I really wanted to do. Grob hopes Money, People, Politics will allow people to take a glimpse inside his head. It's my view on the world, he says. I would like to take people along on that trip, on that crazy journey. And understand why I'm interested in human faces beyond genetics. Bianca Silva, TIME.com, November 29th 2016