Here's another way to look at it: At one time, Seliger says, he approached every assignment "as if it would be the last time I ever took a picture of that particular person -- to try to be gentle and considerate but also to see if I couldn't connect hard enough and strong enough to create a lasting image. I figured that even if my subject's career didn't last, the picture would." He connected in some remarkable ways, particularly with actress Drew Barrymore, with whom he created some of his best and most memorable images. There were many others: Brad Pitt, Johnny Cash, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Jones, even Siegfried and Roy. But what he calls the "planned obsolescence of the entertainment industry" has changed the nature of his work. Legends simply aren't what they used to be, so he's taken them off the grand stage and placed them in a smaller, well-lit place, where he can explore their public images in a more private way.
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