Mark Seliger: The Celebrity Icon

Mark Seliger: The Celebrity Icon

February 1 – April 1, 2009 at Guy Hepner Contemporary Art Gallery in Los Angeles.

Mark Seliger has without question redefined the boundaries of photography throughout his career. After great success at photographic and music icon Rolling Stone, where he shot over 100 covers (a record in itself), Seliger is now under contract with Conde Naste and shoots frequently for Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia and several other exceptional publications. He has photographed subjects that span the spectrum of global leaders, influencers, celebrities and artists alike. Interspersed with his editorial work have been several books, the most recent being The Music Book. Seliger rightly holds a position in the uppermost echelons on the photographic world, a name to be mentioned side by side with Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and David LaChapelle.

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Nelly by Mark Seliger

Mark Seliger’s photograph, Nelly (above), shows his continuous, innovative approach to the portrait photos which make these pictures verbose and expressive.Mark Seliger and Fred Woodward have co-directed numerous music videos and commercials: Candy Butchers “You Belong to Me”, Willie Nelson “Maria”, Lenny Kravitz “Stillness of Heart”, Elvis Costello “She”, Hole “Violet”, Paula Cole “I Don’t Want to Wait”, Natalie Merchant “Kind and Generous”, Lenny Kravitz “I Belong to You”, Gillian Welch “Revelator”, The Gap “Missy Elliot”, “Aerosmith”, “LL Cool J”, Celebrity Cruises.

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Drew Barrymore by Mark Seliger

Photographer Mark Seliger continues to inspire his inherent theatricality through his Celebrity Icon Collection, which show the musicians and representatives of the model and show business, Hollywood actors, including Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Lenny Kravitz, Uma Thurman, Drew Barrymore, Naomi Watts, Lindsay Lohan, Gisele Bundchen, Nicole Richie, Catherine Deneuve, Pharrell Williams, Tom Hanks, Paul McCartney, Leonardo DiCaprio and others.

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The Mod by Mark Seliger

“My job is to provide a place where people can come that’s calm, a surrounding that the subject would understand. My intention is to be a chameleon. I don’t have any real interest in exposing myself – what I’m really trying to do is engage in a relationship where my subject can feel involved in the process and the outcome.” says Seliger of his career. Like so many other accomplished photographers before him, Mark is much more than just a portrait photographer. Although he is probably most known for his portraiture, his work continues to cross genres including landscapes, still life, fashion, documentary and nudes.