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Martin Schoeller’s Pivotal Career Boost

Martin Schoeller is an award-winning photographer who for many years was on staff with The New Yorker. And as he reminds this week, his ascension to that position owes a great deal to a certain Oscar-winning actress.

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In 1998, freelancer Schoeller counted just five assigned jobs – three of which were weddings. In 1999, the year he was hired by The New Yorker, that total would jump to 127.

Per Schoeller’s contribution to the Time Lightbox series “The Photo That Made Me,” it all changed for him after he was asked in 1998 to photograph Vanessa Redgrave for Time Out New York:

I had come across the Kino Fluorescent lighting system (a sort of fluorescent tube lighting) and started to incorporate it into my work. This started to change things: these lights really bring out a subject’s eyes. And because I had adopted the style of a super close-up portrait, my work started to stick out. Back then the mainstream thing to do was a more distanced shot with a perfect background and styling – and it was also a time when Photoshop was really becoming a big part of things.

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Time Searches for Best Young Photographers

Time magazine’s LightBox blog is on the lookout for the best young photographers of 2011. Are you one of them? We don’t think we qualify, unless 475 pictures of our pets count. But if you’ve got a better eye for images, you should enter the Lightbox Next Generation Contest.

From October 3 to October 17, any currently enrolled student or member of the class of 2011 can submit 10 to 20 photos that will be then reviewed by Times’s editors. The grand prize winner will receive $2,500, a portfolio review and have their work published on LightBox. The second and third place winners will also get their pieces featured on the blog.

Winners will be announced on LightBox on October 26, so get started now. And just one quick tip: Leave the Instagram picture of an apple out of your submissions.