Graphis Master Mark Seliger has been perfecting his craft since childhood when he was first given a camera. Specializing in portraiture and still life, Seliger was Rolling Stone’s Chief Photographer from 1992-2002. Since then, he’s shot for Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Elle. Additionally, he shoots advertisements for companies such as Netflix, Adidas, and Ralph Lauren. Seliger’s photography has won him several awards, including the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, Lucie Award, Clio Grand Prix, Cannes Lions Grand Prix, and ASME’s. His self-proclaimed greatest achievement, however, was when his work became part of the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection in the Smithsonian Institution in 2017. He’s also displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
His two photographs “Jimmy Page” and “Kurt Cobain” (above) as well as “Drew Barrymore” and “Matthew Barney” (below) demonstrate his skill in portraiture. Artnet describes Seliger’s work as “timeless visualizations of society.” His ability to capture the essence of each subject in both black and white is why his work stands out in Journal #364.
Here’s an excerpt from Seliger’s past Q&A:
What do you enjoy most about photographing portraits?
The moment it goes from being a portrait to a study of a subject where the unexpected happens.
Where do you seek inspiration?
It comes from everything as long as I am open and out in the world. I can find inspiration from a short walk, a headline, and a great conversation.
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