Best known for his portraits of celebrities, musicians, and artists, photographer Mark Seliger has lived adjacent to Christopher Street for nearly 20 years. His initial curiosity was to shoot a handful of portraits-documentary style-in hopes of capturing the colour, flamboyant characters, and theatre of a famous but vanishing neighbourhood. What he discovered was an Ellis Island of gender identity, a nightly carnival of personalities that open up a visual discourse about sexuality and the constant ebb and flow of the transgender world we all inhabit today. Each person brings a different personality and a sense of style and fashion, and Seliger captures that spirit in every photograph. The 70 portraits were taken with Seliger's Hasselblad camera, which produce a highly detailed, rich texture. All the photographs were made especially for this book and are published here for the first time. Mark Seliger was the chief photographer for Rolling Stone for more than ten years. He contributes to Vanity Fair, GQ, Time, and more. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.
Mark Seliger was the chief photographer for Rolling Stone for more than ten years. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Seliger now lives and works in New York City, where he contributes to Vanity Fair, GQ, Italian Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue, Time, and more. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, and his previous publications include Rizzoli's Listen and In My Stairwell. Seliger is the recipient of such esteemed awards as the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, Lucie Award, Clio Grand Prix, Cannes Lions, and ASME. Janet Mock is the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realnessand host ofSo POPular!, a weekly MSNBC digital series about culture. She is asought-after speakerandthe founder of#GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women."