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At first, Mark Seliger didn’t realize he was shooting trans stories, just people who found their way to Christopher Street. Read more below.
Mark Seliger has photographed our culture’s most recognizable faces — President Barack Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Schumer, Johnny Depp, Kurt Cobain, and Mick Jagger — for magazines including Time, Rolling Stone, GQ, and Vanity Fair.
On the genesis of his new book, On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories, Seliger explains, “I’ve always been intrigued by the life and theater of Christopher Street. More recently, I’ve noticed it vanishing. My interest in photo documentary led to the building of a series of portraits, which led to three summers of shooting. At first I didn’t even realize I was shooting trans stories, just stories of people who found their way to Christopher Street. As I began to talk about this project, I realize that everybody has a trans story, that being trans is something that affects all of us.”
The end result is a collection of 74 beautiful black-and-white portraits combined with the subjects' moving and deeply personal stories. They will all be included in On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories. Photographs by Mark Seliger along with an introduction by MSNBC’s Janet Mock, published by Rizzoli New York this month.
© On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories, photographs by Mark Seliger, Rizzoli New York, 2016.