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Behind the Cover: Bill Clinton Photographed by Mark Seliger

Nearly 20 years after he photographed Bill Clinton during his first term in the White House, Mark Seliger reunited with the former president earlier this month to produce this week’s cover of TIME.

Clinton had just come off an electric speech at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, and his energy was palpable during the sitting. “He had a lot of enthusiasm about the big week, and he looked on top of the world,” Seliger said. “You could see it in his personality and his approach to life that he was content and very jovial.”

Seliger with Clinton at the cover shoot.

Seliger with Clinton at the cover shoot.

Fittingly, Clinton makes the case for optimism—and how things are improving around the world—in his cover story. To illustrate that idea, Seliger had Clinton hold a simple and elegant globe as a prop during the sitting. “There are tons of photos where Clinton is smiling—he is naturally a very inspiring and happy person—but I wanted to show a more introspective moment because he is someone who has changed the way we see and do things, and I felt it was my responsibility to connect with him that way,” Seliger said.

The idea of photographs having a backstory and meaning served as the inspiration behind Seliger’s new online video series called Capture, which features photographers talking about their work alongside notable people outside of the industry, such as Clinton and musicians Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson. The latest episode even featured photographer Martin Schoeller talking about his breast-feeding cover shoot for TIME.

Seliger’s own sitting with the former president isn’t a likely contender for Capture, though. “I wish I could say I had a chance to get philosophical with Clinton, but it didn’t happen,” he says. “I had just 15 minutes, and it was all about work.”

Mark Seliger is a photographer based in New York City. See more of his work here.

Photographer #261: Lisa Elmaleh

Lisa Elmaleh, 1984, USA, is a landscape photographer who uses an 8 x 10″ camera and the collodion on glass process. This process from the mid 1800’s requires an on-site darkroom which she build in the trunk of her car. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and is inspired by the historical photographers of the American West. She documented the Everglades in Florida, an ecosystem that has lost most of it’s land to urban and agricultural use. The freshwater flowing into the national park is engineered, making it an ecosystem on life support, “alive but diminished”. Lisa hopes to preserve an essence of the Everglades. The following images come from the series Everglades, Rooted and Musicians.

Website: www.lisaelmaleh.com
(Video from Kickstarter)

Photographer #254: Pieter Henket

Pieter Henket, 1979, The Netherlands, works and lives in New York. He is a self-taught portrait photographer who in recent years has photographed various celebrities. In 1999 he left for New York to study at the Film Academy but soon fell in love with the photographic medium. At a young age he managed to get an internship with the film director Joel Schumacher. The influence of cinema is easily noticed in his images. The Interrogation Project is a series in which he asked directors, actors and musicians how they would react to a police interrogation. He might be most known for the cover of Lady Gaga’s first album The Fame. The following images come from the Interrogation Project and his portfolios Images and Portraits.

Website: www.pieterhenket.com

Photographer #230: Dan Winters

Dan Winters, 1962, USA, is most known for his celebrity portraiture. An endless amount of politicians, musicians and actors have been photographed by Winters. However he does not limit himself to portraiture. Within his photography he also focuses on objects and documentary work. He also draws and makes videos. His photographs have been published in a vast number of magazines and he has received numerous awards for his work. The subjects he chooses to photograph are diverse, from Texas gangs to honeybees to his very own son. His first monograph was released in 2009 with the title; Periodical Photographs. The following images come from the portfolio People; People of Interest, Friends & Neighbors and Actors.

Website: www.danwintersphoto.com

Photographer #225: Patrick Hoelck

Patrick Hoelck, 1968, USA, is a portrait and celebrity photographer. Next to being a photographer he also directed a large number of music and commercial video’s. In 2009 he presented his first feature film called Mercy. Patrick has seen many celebrities and musicians in front of his lens, from Queens of the Stone Age to The Game and from Clint Eastwood all the way to Mandy Moore. During the last twelve years Patrick shot polaroids while working on commercial and personal projects. The polaroids will now be combined in the book Polaroid Hotel. The following images come from his portfolio’s Portraits, B&W and Polaroid.

Website: www.patrickhoelck.com

– We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence

Freelance photographer Simon Hoegsberg’s most recent project, "We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence ," is the culmination of a considerable undertaking. The complete image is, in fact, 100 meters long and "[t]here are 178 people in the picture, all shot in the course of 20 days from the same spot on a railroad bridge on Warschauer Strasse in Berlin in the summer 2007."

The Web site featuring the image uses a slider along the bottom to take you across the seamless panorama of sorts. Young and old, men and women, angsty teens and trendy moms. Smokers, friends laughing and musicians. A man eating a popsicle, a woman pushing a stroller. The message could be one of community, but together the people emphasize their separateness, their singular existence. "We’re All Gonna Die" is, I think, meant to take a snap of those people, anticipating and acknowledging fleeting life. To me, it is a lonely image.

The 2001 School of Media in London graduate now works in Copenhagen and has an interesting arrangement of projects on his personal Web site , including several magazine features and radio bits as well.