Seliger has made portraits of actors, rock stars and presidents. The challenge, he says, is to “create something that’s never been done before.” A new book collects images from his last 30 years.
by Ari Shapiro
For decades, Americans have seen celebrities through photographer Mark Seliger’s lens. His work has appeared in magazines such as Vanity Fair, GQ and Rolling Stone.
“Having a sense of humor” is important to the work, he says. “Whether it’s a big concept or whether it’s a wink.”
Seliger has dressed up Jerry Seinfeld as the Tin Man and photographed the back of Barack Obama’s head. But he’s prepared if celebrities aren’t game for his portrait ideas. “I always have a backup plan … ” Seliger says. “At times, the simplest portrait is the hero — it’s the one that works the best.”
Now, a new coffee table book called Mark Seliger Photographs collects some of the best images from his last 30 years, including presidents, actors and rock stars.
On how his humorous ideas don’t always work out
We wanted to paint the Red Hot Chili Peppers red and have smoke coming out of their mouths. And I was told by the band that that was not going to happen. But Flea [who’s] one of the band members, very sympathetically decided that he would allow me to paint him half-way on his face. And I went ahead and did that and he looked at me and he said, “Yeah, we’re not going to do this.” … It was a bad idea. … I have to admit that I’ve had some real loser ideas, too.
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