On Christopher Street is a black and white photographic series of transgender individuals shot between 2013 and 2016 with a medium format camera in the West Village of New York City. Christopher Street is a known safe-haven for all sexual orientations and gender identities. It is home to Stonewall Inn—site of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising—recently designated by President Obama as the first national monument to honor the L.G.B.T.Q. civil rights movement. The project comprises 72 portraits and accompanying stories published in its totality in On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories (Rizzoli, New York). Janet Mock writes in the book’s foreword, “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. On Christopher Street, there were multitudes of potential selves: transgender, transsexual, non-binary, genderqueer, femme, butch, cross-dresser, drag king or queen, and other gender identities and sexual orientations that challenge social norms.”
Mark Seliger is the recipient of multiple awards including: Alfred Eisenstaedt, Lucie, Clio, Cannes Lions and the ASME. As Chief Photographer of Rolling Stone, he produced over 125 covers. His work has appeared in L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia, Elle, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Time and GQ Magazine. Seliger lives and works in New York City.