Rolling Stone to Christopher Street: 30 Years of Portraits – Interview with Mark Seliger | LensCulture

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Renowned portrait photographer Mark Seliger has shot countless public figures (Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, Cindy Sherman) and celebrities (Will Ferrell, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Emma Stone) over his long career, which spans more than three decades. Appointed Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1992, Seliger shot over 125 covers before moving to Condé Nast in 2001, where he now regularly shoots for Vanity Fair, Elle, and Italian Vogue, among others.

However, Seliger’s current show at Von Lintel Gallery, On Christopher Street, features subjects who are a departure from the famous names he regularly shoots—the people of New York’s transgender community. On Christopher Street started out as a portrait of the street itself. Christopher Street, home of the Stonewall Inn, has been known for decades as a haven for the LGBTQ community and an international symbol of gay pride.

As the West Village started to change, Seliger (a resident of Manhattan) conceived a project that would serve as a sort of elegy for the street’s character. Once he spent a few days on the street, however, the project quickly transitioned to images of the transgender people who make their home in this rapidly transforming neighborhood.

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