If you are a star, Mark Seliger will have photographed you – and that includes presidents. His iconic portraits of President Barack Obama, Kurt Cobain, and Angelina Jolie amongst countless others have made him he leading celebrity portrait photographers of a generation.
In 1984, Seliger he moved to New York City. Three years later, he started to work for the Rolling Stone Magazine. He was soon to become the star photographer of this famous magazine and produced over 125 cover photos from 1992 to 2002.
Lesser known but equally as compelling is Seliger's photographs of landscapes, still-life, and nudes. Stark in composition but lush in texture, his photographs of Holocaust survivors focus on the history etched into their faces and bodies; allowing for a visceral emotional experience without the attachment of notoriety. In this digital, self-focused age, Seliger uses film, disappearing behind the camera. In his words to Rolling Stone: “My intention is to be a chameleon…[W]hat I'm really trying to do is engage in a relationship where my subject can feel involved in the process and the outcome.”