The Masters Series

Mark Seliger photographed by John Kelsey, 2018

Based in New York City, Mark Seliger is one of the world’s most sought-after, iconic photographers, who shoots covers for some of the most respected publications, of some of the most important individuals of our generation.

KURT COBAIN, Rolling Stone, 1994

PATTI SMITH, Rolling Stone, 2007

THE DALAI LAMA, Rolling Stone, 2011

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, Vanity Fair, April, 2003

Born in Amarillo, and brought up in Houston, Texas, Mark began taking photographs at the age of 13, having won his first Diana camera in a bet with his older brother. His first love was the darkroom where he began experimenting with printing and developing in the family’s bathroom.
Today, Mark continues his love of the darkroom by using the platinum palladium process to create large-scale, 30”x 40” prints.  

BARACK OBAMA, The White House, Washington, DC, 2010

JOHNNY CASH, Rolling Stone, 1992

PHARELL WILLIAMS, Details, October, 2013

MALALA YOUSAFZAI, Time Magazine, April, 2013

He moved to New York City in 1984, and within a few years was shooting for Rolling Stone. In 1992 he became their chief photographer, a position he kept for fifteen years, shooting more than 150 covers.  You might not know Mark Seliger’s name, but you know his work...

JEFF BRIDGES, Rolling Stone, 2010


GISELE, Rolling Stone, 2000

FAITH LYNCH, ALWAYS ON MY MIND, The Impression, 2018

Mark Seliger’s portraits capture the artists in their own atmosphere. "I think a great photograph and a great song both come from an effortlessness — not thinking about it too hard and allowing yourself to just enjoy it. 'In photography, the enjoyment must extend to the subject as well, because it’s only when the subject is relaxed that an unguarded natural moment might happen."

DREW BARRYMORE, US Magazine, 1994

CHRISTY TURLINGTON, Elle France, Dec.  2010

JOHNNY DEPP, GQ, Aug. 2003

EMINEM, Rolling Stone, 2010

In 2001, Mark moved from Rolling Stone to Condé Nast.
His work appears in publications including Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Italian Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker, and more.
Seliger has also collaborated with a wide range of clients, from fashion and beauty, to finance, sports and entertainment.

SNOOP DOGG, L’Uomo Vogue, Dec. 2007

DIANE KRUGER,  Vogue Italia, Mar. 2009

RAY-BAN 75th Anniversary Campaign,  2012


EVERYWHERE, Vogue Italia, Nov. 2018

KEVIN DURANT, Rolling Stone, 2016

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Mark Seliger has shot advertising campaigns, tv commercials and music videos as well as  landscape and personal work including portraits of Holocaust survivors, transgender men and women on Christopher Street, and documentary photography of Cuba.
In 2011, he founded a non-profit exhibition space for photography called 401 Projects, which has featured shows for James Nachtwey, Eugene Richards, Albert Watson, Platon, among others. He also hosted the Emmy-nominated show “Capture” on YouTube’s Reserve Channel

NUDE, New York, Apr. 2002


CUBA, Havana, 2012


Mark Seliger is the recipient of such esteemed awards as the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, Lucie Award, Clio Grand Prix, Cannes Lions Grand Prix, The One Show, ASME, SPG, and the Texas Medal of Arts Award.
His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and are part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

NATALIA VODIANOVA, Vogue Italia, September, 2007

KERRY WASHINGTON, Vogue Italia, December, 2012

LADY GAGA, Vanity Fair, Oscars 2019

MARK RYLANCE, Vanity Fair, Oscars 2016

He has published numerous books, including: Mark Seliger Photographs (Abrams, 2018), On Christopher Street (Rizzoli, 2015), Listen (Rizzoli, 2010), In My Stairwell (Rizzoli, 2005), and Physiognomy (Bullfinch, 1999).

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