New York photographer Mark Seliger uses his brick backed stairwell as a drop for portraits of artists, writers, dancers and performers of kinds to provide us with detailed black and white photos that allow fascinating gawps at contemporary beautiful people. Seliger’s stairwell is an elevator shaft with a skylight that he uncovered while renovating his studio and serves as the perfect setting to highlight the raw creativity, grittiness and sheer talent that exudes from people such as Richard Serra, Tom Wolfe, Keith Richards and Laurie Anderson. This big beautiful book includes an introduction by Lou Reed.
Hardcover, 176 pages, Rizzoli 2005. $47.25 at Amazon.