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Ah, the beautiful people! Their faces and circumstances change, individually and historically, but they seem always to be with us.Today's beautiful people are performers, not aristocrats and plutocrats. They exist to be seen, and, incapable of relaxing, they are always "on." Because few are classically good-looking, they are best photographed elaborately prepared, artificially lit, and in severely controlled settings. Seliger obliges them almost completely. He shoots every one of them in the skylighted elevator shaft--"three brick walls and a crown of sun"--he uncovered when renovating his studio in Manhattan's downtown. The first two subjects are those shar-peis of rock, Jagger and Richards, guaranteeing that beauty in any normative, let alone ideal, sense is banished immediately. Each subject is expressively posed and accoutered, many are nude (fortunately, most of these thereby put on their best faces, so to speak), and if you haven't heard of some of them, you're not a New Yorker. In black and white on 11-by-14-inch pages, they look marvelous, gorgeous, fantastic. But beautiful? Ray Olson
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Until recently, Mark Seliger was the Chief Photographer of Rolling Stone, Us, and Men's Journal for more than ten years. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Mark Seliger now lives and works in New York for Condé Nast Publications, including GQ and Vanity Fair. His previous publications include Tattoo Nation: Portraits of Celebrity Body Art (2002), Hip Hop Immortals (2002), Lenny Kravitz (2001), Physiognomy: The Mark Seliger Photographs (1999), and Crazy, Sexy, Cool (1996).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827602
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 1.3 x 15.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Douglas on March 2, 2007
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The concept is simple... Mark Seliger found an abandoned stairwell attached to his studio which had a huge skylight above it. He took some shots with his subjects in the room and then it became his new favourite place to shoot.

It's 170 pages or so and the photogaphs are easily as entertaining as those in his portfolio showcase book, 'Physiognomy'. Mick Jagger, Jerry Seinfeld, Susan Sarandon.... The staircase is the same in every shot, but it's what the celebrity can do with the space that is interesting. The stairwell really does provide a mechanism to make the shot look great and also shift complete focus to the subject.

The book is massive in height which is great because the prints of the images are HUGE! Almost A3 size I think. And from an educational point-of-view I love this book because it shows that while shooting celebrities, and using film, you can still get that point of focus off and still call the image acceptable.

Its expensive, but is also beautiful and highly collectable.
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By Steve Azzara on August 20, 2011
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I really love this book. Seliger is always great but to fill a whole book of images all shot in the same spot like this and hold the viewers attention to the very end isn't an easy task but he has done that. I own 3 copies. One is signed and put away. One is just for me to look at and the 3rd is in my studio for anyone to look at.
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