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Mark Seliger

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Mark Seliger
Mark Seliger was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1959. He lived there with his family until 1964, when he moved to Houston, Texas. Mark was interested in baseball before photography and was in the Little League. His brother promised Mark a camera if he were to hit a base hit. Eventually, the camera was his and he got hooked on photography and taking pictures. He loved it. His work began in a darkroom in his house bathroom, where he would print out his photos, to produce hard copies. Mark attended East Texas State University, where he studied the history of documentary photography. 1984, he moved to New York City, where he began small shootings for the
Rolling Stone
.

1. What is the photographer's real name and year he or she was born? Is he/she alive?
Mark Seliger's real name is Mark Alan Seliger. He was born on May 23, 1959 and he is still living at 58 years old.
2. What is their style of photography (ex: photojournalism, editorial, documentary, advertising, portraits, magazine, sports, war)?
Mark Seliger's style of photography was portraits of celebrities and famous people such as actors, singers, band members, and the president.
Are there any special Photography techniques this photographer uses in his/her work? (Think about composition, depth of field, history...)
Who does the photographer work for?
Mark Seliger works with GQ and Fred Woodward and has worked with the
Rolling Stone
magazine. Together they have co-directed many music videos for people such as Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz and Elvis Costello. Currently he works for Conde Nast Publications.
Mark really likes the wall background and uses it often but his main focus is lighting. In an interview with Rebecca Ahremark for Profoto.com, he states,"The light is built in order to follow the subject". He uses tools such as Softbox RFi 5' Octa, Pro Head, ProRing Plus, and Pro-8.
What type of cameras and lens does this photogrpaher work with and why?
Mark likes using IQ, Phase One, Nikon, and Hasselblad and One lens.
What type of lighting does this photographer primarily use and why?
He primarily uses LED Panel Light on battery.
Who are some of your photographer's early influences?
Mark was inspired first by his teacher James Newberry, who helped concrete photography as his career and his hobby.
Are there any interesting stories about this photograph or his/her work?
Yes. When Mark Seliger was a kid, he was in Little League Baseball. His brother promised Mark that if you hit a base then he would provide him with a camera, his FIRST camera. Mark did not hit the base but got to walk one anyways because he got hit in the shoulder with the ball and the camera was soon his.
What do you like (or not like) about their work, and why did you select this photographer?
I like everything about Mark Seliger's photos. They have perfect lighting and they are all aesthetically pleasing. I chose him because his main focus is to take celebrity portraits and I like to see people I have seen outside of the photo placed perfectly into one of Mark Seliger's photos. It's like seeing a distant friend in a good photo and it's nice to see a familiar face.
Some interesting facts about Mark Seliger:
He attended East Texas State University and studied the history of documentary photography
He shot over 150 photos for the
Rolling Stone
magazine.
He has shot many photos of former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
Mark Seliger has also shot some landscape photography.
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