Mark Seliger celebrity portraits

Mark Seliger Born: 1959 (58)
Celebrity Photography
Seliger uses 3 medium format because it gives lens compression which allows a shallower depth-of-field. He also uses Mamiya Leaf to keep his work streamlined and simple since he doesn't have time to deal with equipment issues.
In 1987, he began Shooting small assignments for Rolling Stone. He was signed as their chief photographer in 1992. In 2001, he moved from Rolling Stone to Conde Nast. He frequently shoots for Vanity Fair, ELLE, Italian Vogue, L'uomo Vogue and German Vogue.
Seliger uses both digital an film cameras. In an interview he mentioned " With film, medium format gives you a better quality negative. With digital, it’s similar -- you get better resolution and quality of capture."
What type of lighting does this photographer primarily use and why?
Seligers interest in photography began when his brother promised him to get him his first camera if he got a hit in little league baseball. From then on he just took a huge interest in photography. When he went on to study visual arts in college a few of his influences were Arnold Newman, Robert Frank, Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston and Paul Caponigro.
Seliger was responsible for the polaroid photo that was taken of Kurt Cobain a few days before his suicide. Seliger talks about this photo in an interview and mentions how it turned out to be a game changer for him. In a previous photoshoot with Nirvana, Cobain would not cooperate with the pictures that Seliger wanted. Seliger took that polaroid to be a gift from Cobain even though it seemed as though it was filled with honesty and melancholy.
What I like about Seliger is his ability to make his audience feel connected to his work. Photography is art and the purpose of art is to make you feel some sort of emotion. In his photographs you can almost feel what was going on when the portrait was taken.

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