Mark Seliger | Personal Work 1998 – 2021

Misty Copeland, New York, NY, 2011. Archival Pigment. Photo by Mark Seliger.

Acclaimed photographer Mark Seliger (Rolling Stone, GQ, Vanity Fair) curates an intimate assortment of portraits and studies, on display in the Shuman Lounge through July 2023.

Mark Seliger was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1959 to parents Maurice and Carol Lee. He attended Houston’s High School for Performing & Visual Arts and East Texas State University, where he studied graphic art and photography.

Seliger moved to New York City in 1984. In 1987, he began shooting for Rolling Stone, signing as the magazine’s chief photographer in 1992 and shooting more than 125 covers. In 2001, Seliger moved from Rolling Stone to Condé Nast. He shoots frequently for Vanity Fair, Elle, GQ, Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and German Vogue, as well as advertising for Adidas, Anheuser-Busch, Ralph Lauren, Ray-Ban, and many other well-known brands.

In 2011, Seliger founded a non-profit exhibition space for photography called 401 Projects, which has featured shows for James Nachtwey, Eugene Richards, Albert Watson, and Platon, among others. He also hosted the Emmy-nominated show Capture on YouTube’s Reserve Channel, which focuses on candid conversations between established photographers and interested celebrities.

Seliger continues his love of the darkroom by using the platinum palladium process to create large-scale, 30”x 40” prints. His photographs are part of the permanent collection of the Houston Fine Art Museum, as well as the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Seliger is the recipient the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, Lucie Award, Clio Grand Prix, Cannes Lions Grand Prix, and most recently the 2019 Texas Medal of Arts Award. He has published numerous books, including The City That Finally Sleeps (Brilliant, 2021), Mark Seliger Photographs (Abrams, 2018), On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories (Rizzoli, 2016), and many others.
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Audience members at mainstage performances throughout the season are invited to experience the installation before and after their performance.


Support for Visual Art at New York City Center is provided by
Deborah Goodman Davis and Gerald R. Davis

Photos by Mark Seliger