Mark Seliger




Editorial photographer Mark Seliger (born 1959) is celebrated for his portraiture, and has documented some of the most significant names in the entertainment world. Seliger has created a number of album covers and directed short films and music videos during a career that has seen him collaborate with leading magazines and brands world-wide.

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Early Life

Mark Seliger was born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1959. He attended Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Seliger attended East Texas State University and studied the history of documentary photography.

Photographic Career

The artist’s studies led him into a career in editorial photography. He moved to New York in 1984, and began working for Rolling Stone magazine in 1987. By 1992 Seliger was chief photographer for the magazine, and during his 10-year tenure shot over 125 covers featuring stars as diverse as the Beastie Boys, Drew Barrymore, Johnny Cash, Patti Smith and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The working relationship that he developed with design director Frank Woodward continues today and has led to collaborative projects on music videos for artists including Elvis Costello and Lenny Kravitz.

In 2002 Seliger signed a contract with Condé Nast publications, and since then has remained a significant contributor to their magazines including Vogue, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair. Seliger has worked on advertising campaigns for clients including Ralph Lauren, Diesel, Elizabeth Arden, HBO, MTV and Sony Music. He has photographed numerous figures from both political and cultural realms, including Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama, The Dalai Lama, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Kurt Cobain,

His monograph When They Came to Take My Father (1996) features Seliger’s photographs and narratives from holocaust survivors. In My Stairwell (2005) is a collection of minimalist portraits of cultural figures and artists that Seliger captured over a period of years in the exposed-brick stairwell of his West Village studio.

Seliger has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award.


Notes, News, Press and Exhibitions


The Guardian: Kurt Cobain with dolls’ heads | Mark Seliger’s best photograph


Mark Seliger: RADArt4Aid Online Charity Auction at Christie’s

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