Mark Seliger was born in 1959 in Amarillo, Texas, where he lived with his parents, Maurice and Carol Lee, his two older brothers, and a younger sister until the family moved to Houston in 1964.
Seliger´s interest in photography began when his brother Frank promised to give him his Diana camera if he made a point in the Little League baseball game. Mark didn't make the point, but he did manage to steal a base (after getting hit on the shoulder by the pitcher), making the camera now his. The darkroom became his first love and he devotedly practiced developing and printing at home.
Mark Seliger attended the School of Visual Arts in Houston and then went on to study the history of documentary photography at East Texas State University, acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of the field.
In 1987, he began in a starting position at Rolling Stone, and was appointed Chief Photographer in 1992. While working at Rolling Stone, Seliger produced over 125 covers and entered into a collaborative partnership with Design Director Fred Woodward that continues to this day. They have directed numerous music videos together for top artists such as Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, and Elvis Costello.
In 2002, Mark Seliger moved on from Rolling Stone to the Conde Nast publishing house, where he is now under contract. Since then, he has photographed numerous covers and photo spreads for magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair.
His photographic artworks has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the world and recieved numerous awards.
Mark Seliger has been living and working in New York since 1984.
The Society of Publication and Design
American Photography Annual
Photo District News Merit Awards
Award for Sports Hall of Fame, American Photography Annual
Alfred Eisenstaedt Award
Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement
Listen (Rizzoli, 2010)
Mark Seliger: The Music Book (teNeues, 2008)
In My Stairwell (Rizzoli, 2005)
Lenny Kravitz/Mark Seliger (Arena, 2001)
Phsyiognomy (Bullfinch, 1999)
When They Came to Take My Father - Voices from the Holocaust (Arcade, 1996)