Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mark Seliger

Mark Seliger is originally from Amarillo, Texas and attended school at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. He currently lives in New York City.  He first made his name as the chief photographer of Rolling Stone Magazine. His works, therefore, consists mainly of portraits of famous musicians and actors such as David Bowie and Drew Barrymore. Currently, he is working under GQ and Vanity Fair magazines. In addition to photography, he has co-directed several music videos and directed some short films.

The most interesting aspect of his work is his location, his private space. In New York, he bought some worthless property in a shady part of town, and turned it into his perfect photography studio consisting of a brick abandoned elevator shaft. Once he made progress with the so-called private space, the once shady streets turned to a hip fashion center. Eventually, he realized

that he used the location so much that it became the base of a book of his works. The wall became more of a subject in the photo than just a simple background. This collection of photographs turned in the book “In My Stairwell.” The photos communicated a connection to the arts as well as to the individuals who were photographed. 

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