Mark Seliger was born in Amarillo Texas in 1959, where
he lived with his parents, Maurice and Carol Lee, and his
two older brothers and younger sister, until 1964, when
they moved to Houston.
Seliger's early interest in photography began when his
brother Frank promised to give him his Diana camera if
he got a base hit in Little League. He didn't get the hit,
but he got on base (by getting a walk for getting hit in
the shoulder with the ball), and the camera was his.
His first love quickly became the darkroom where he
began experimenting with printing and developing in the
He attended Houston’s High School for Performing &
Visual Arts and, from there,went on to attend East Texas
State University, where his education began in earnest,
as he studied the history of documentary photography.
He moved to New York City in 1984. In 1987, he began
shooting small assignments for Rolling Stone. He was
signed as their Chief Photographer in 1992.
During his time at Rolling Stone, Seliger shot over 125
covers and began a long term collaborative relationship
with Design Director, Fred Woodward, which continues
to this day. They have co-directed numerous music
videos for artists such as Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz
and Elvis Costello.
Mark Seliger currently collaborates with numerous
publications such as Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue, Rolling
Stone, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, German Vogue , Spanish
A partial commercial client list includes Ralp Lauren, St.
John, Diesel, Macy's, Rocawear, Capitol Records,
Showtime, HBO, Sony Music, The Gap, MTV, Universal
Pictures, Pepsi, Smartwater, The Sundance Channel,
Seliger’s photographs have won countless awards, from
such esteemed awardscommittees as The Society of
Publication Designers, The Alfred Eisenstaedt A
ward,Communication Arts, American Photography, and
Photo District News.