I am curious about a style of portraiture that has become very popular in the last decade or so. I am curious if there is an informal name given to the style, who the main proponents (if there are any) might be, and what some of the lighting and post options are for creating the style. I am a loss to describe it so haven't been able to find out much about it. I describe it as "ultra-sharp". It seems to be high-contrast, very sharp and flat lit. I've seen this style used in a lot of very close-cropped portraits where you can make out all the pores of the skin. It seems a reaction to the overly smooth fashion photography that proliferates. There is an example on the cover of the New York Times Magazine this week. Not as extreme as some I've seen but it's a starting point for discussion.
Martin Schoeller and Nigel Parry have done some vaguely similar stuff: large format capture, lit and exposed to show every pore and nose hair on the faces of the celebrities involved. The desaturated 'steel blue' color palette has also been popular for quite some time now. That probably means a dramatic shift to a vivid lemon-yellow palette is just over the horizon.