Author: Mark Seliger

Reflections on photographing New York on lockdown for “Silence in the Streets”

Recognized and awarded for his celebrity portraiture, Mark Seliger traded in a studio for the empty streets of New York City for his most recent series. Using his keen eye for what makes a good portrait, Mark applied that same understanding to create his intimate, silent portraits of New York.     To me, portraiture is like a landscape in a weird way. It’s all interconnected. The label of doing one thing has not been my forte. I’m a Gemini, so I get bored easily. My love of photography has pretty broad strokes. Part of the problem of being an applied photographer is that you can so easily get pigeonholed. But to me, my heroes are people that were not labeled. They didn’t necessarily do just one thing. They ebb and flow through different experiences, crafting multiple genres. Take one of the most celebrated artists – Picasso. He would try painting, sculpture, and ceramics…whatever medium he came across. There was very little that he didn’t touch. And it is the same in photography – there …

Portrait photographer, Mark Seliger shooting with the IQ3 100MP Achromatic Digital Back

Mark Seliger: The Power of Black and White Photography

Portrait photographer, Mark Seliger, shared his thoughts on black and white photography. What the absence of color adds to his photography, and why he keeps returning to the form. The IQ3 100MP Achromatic was developed as a tribute to the art world. Phase One makes cameras, but the people behind our devices are the reason we do what we do. We wanted to create a camera system that captured the timelessness of black and white photography in never-before-seen detail. Thinking back to where photography began for you; was black and white always your passion? “My first start as a photographer was in 1972 in the darkroom when I was 13 at a Jewish Community Center. I took an introductory darkroom class in black and white. That’s where it all began for me.” What does black and white photography do for your images? “Black and white was always my passion in terms of print making, but I found my way into editorial from being able to shoot color. I keep going back to black and white, …