Photos by Tara Rice
Born in Olten, Switzerland, Marco Grob began his career as a photographer's assistant in Los Angeles. Upon his return to Switzerland, Marco opened his first studio and worked for twenty years as a still life photographer.
In 2003, Marco decided to change his career path and focus on portrait and people photography. After his move to New York City, he worked with actors Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, Robert Downey Jr., Carey Mulligan, Uma Thurman and Julianne Moore - musicians such as Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga, Sting, Robert Plant, Justin Bieber, Pink, Seal, Lionel Ritchie and numerous political figures including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Joe Biden and Dick Cheney along with many other heads of state.
His commercial clients in the film industry include Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, Marvel, Netflix, Hulu, NBC Universal, HBO, and A&E. He was assigned to work on movie posters like the 2012 Marvel / Disney Production "The Avengers" Part 1 & 2, 3 & 4 and Disney's "TRON: Legacy." His work in advertising includes clients like Rolex, IWC Watches, Tag Heuer, BBC, ARD (First German Television) and Louis Vuitton.
Marco's work appears regularly in magazines like TIME, GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Wired and New York Magazine. In 2011, he was commissioned by TIME to create a series of portraits centered around the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. Titled, "BEYOND 9/11: Portraits of Resilience” this multiple award winning body of work is now part of both the Smithsonian Museum's and the National 9/11 Memorial's permanent collections.
His work has won numerous awards over time including an EMMY AWARD for "BEYOND 9/11", an International ADC Gold, Swiss ADC , South African Loerie Awards, Cannes Awards, New York Festival Awards, POYi (Picture of the year), Kunstpreis des Kantons Solothurn 2011 and the prestigious Hasselblad Master 2007.
Since 2010, Marco has been working passionately and with great dedication for United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in order to report and educate about the global tragedy caused by 100 million landmines which inflict terror and pain around the world.
Marco lives in New York, but follows his work around the world.