Author(s): Mark Seliger
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.
"It was in the Village, on Christopher Street and the nearby piers, where many trans and queer people first shared space with others like them. For generations, these places provided mirrors for those who rarely saw reflections of themselves. . .Christopher Street is recognized as the birthplace of the modern L.G.B.T. movement. . . Mark Seliger is an award-winning photographer. His new book of photographs, On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories, will be out in October." THE NEW YORKER"'On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories'is a blend of portraiture as well as the commemoration of the welcoming nature of Christopher Street.. . . Defiant or in repose, these lovely folk are redefining what gender means to people who may be meeting even the idea of transgender for the first time in the pages of Mark Seliger's book. And even Christopher Street, although it is iconic globally, as an idea might be new for someone turning the pages of this book." EDGE MEDIA NETWORK"ConsiderChristopher Street. . . a collection of 70 portraits by formerRolling Stonechief photographer Mark Seliger. Seliger has lived near Christopher Street, a historic gathering place for the LGBTQ community in New York City, for over two decades and, in that time, has captured a variety of personalities and styles within the local trans community." PublishersWeekly.comGender Expressions: Transgender Books, 2016"I ve always been intrigued by the life and theaterofChristopher Street. I ve noticed the photographic possibility out of the corner of my eye for the past couple of decades an Ellis Island for freedom of expression and gender identity." Mark Seliger, New York Observer "The photographer s collectionOn Christopher Streetfeatures stories about a community that has long found acceptance and solace in the West Village." Vanity Fair "With 74 spectacular photographs of wonderful people who identify as transgender, transsexual, non-binary, genderqueer, femme, butch, cross-dresser, drag king, or drag queen (as well as other descriptions we may not know), the book provides a unique slice of life in the neighborhood where the LGBT revolution started at the Stonewall Inn." He Said Magazine "
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 Listenand 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."