Marco Grob was born in Olten, Switzerland in 1965. There he spent his youth developing his passion for photography. Self-taught in his craft, Grob started shooting professionally in 1986, when he opened his first studio in Switzerland. Although during this time he produced mainly still life work, Grob developed an early love for portraiture. Grob’s fascination with portraiture developed quickly and as his artistic reputation grew he began to photograph the most influential contemporary Jazz musicians.
After 20 years working as a still life photographer, Grob decided to leave Switzerland in 2003, and concentrate wholly on portraiture. He first lived in Cape Town, South Africa, where he developed his editorial portrait portfolio and later lived in both Hamburg and Berlin. In 2008 Grob moved to New York City, where he first worked with New York Magazine, followed shortly by TIME magazine. He was later to become a contract photographer for TIME. In addition, Grob worked with many other acclaimed publications including New York Magazine, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic. Grob simultaneously began to collaborate with motion picture studios such as Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros, Marvel, Universal, Paramount, Netflix, HBO and Hulu.
Grob’s work has won numerous awards and accolades including the Art Director’s Club International Gold, the Swiss Art Director’s Club Award, South African Loeris, the Art Award of the Canton of Solothurn in Switzerland, and Pictures of the Year International. In 2012 Grob won an Emmy for his work on TIME Magazine’s “Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience“ multimedia project.
Grob’s work has been shown in exhibitions at the MILK Gallery in New York City, the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland, and at the Museum of National History in Denmark. Grob’s work can be found in many public and private collections across the world, including the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Grob teaches at the the Eddie Adams Workshop and at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and lectures at many photographic and journalistic institutions.
Since 2011, Grob has been involved with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), in order to raise public awareness about the enormous problems caused by landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other dangerous remnants of war.
Grob currently lives in New York City, travels the world, and is more passionate than ever about his work.