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Mark Selig, 70, President of Photography Firm Dies



Photography was in Mark Selig's blood. President of Fay Foto in Cambridge for more than 20 years, he focused his passion for it on the business side.

"He grew up with photography," said his son Matt of Boston. "He thrived on the business end of photography and all the places it took him around town."

Mr. Selig died July 25 in Brigham and Women's Hospital after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was 70.

Mr. Selig was born in Cambridge to Harry and Jeanette (Baker). He graduated from Brookline High School in 1954 and from Brandeis University in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in history. He married Shelley (Katzman) after they met in college. They were divorced in the late 1960s.

After he finished school, Mr. Selig became a manager at Colton-Lewis, a leather goods store in Avon. In 1978, after his father became ill, Mr. Selig began working for him at Fay Foto.

When his father died the following year, Mr. Selig became president of the company.

Under Mr. Selig, Fay Foto covered major events such as presidential visits to Boston, regional Emmy awards, and commencements at universities such as Harvard and Tufts. Fay Foto also worked with local law firms.

"His biggest job over the years was the Boston Marathon," said his son. "He would prepare months in advance and work with photographers to take official photos throughout the day."

Hank Shafran, director of communications for Bingham McCutchen, a law firm based in Boston, worked with Selig's company for more than 30 years. "He was totally committed to his business and serving his clients impeccably," said Shafran.

Shafran recalled Mr. Selig's generosity.

"When I worked on the board of directors for the Boston Ronald McDonald House, he never charged me for photography services," said Shafran. "That was one of his strong points, always helping the community."

Mr. Selig also served as a mentor to those interested in the photography business.

"He was a great, supportive friend who taught me the ropes of the photography business," said Sally Jackson, president of Jackson and Co., a public relations firm in Gloucester. "I could always spot him in the edge of a photo trying to direct the photographer to get the best possible shot."

As a boy, Mr. Selig spent summers at the West End House Camp in Maine, playing sports and making friends. He continued to visit the camp in his adult years for "Old Timers weekends" and also served on the board of directors in the 1980s of the West End House Boys & Girls Club of Allston-Brighton. "It was his place to go hang out, play sports, and reconnect with old friends," said his son.

He also served as a board member for the Ford Hall Forum of Boston, a nonprofit organization that holds free public lectures.

Mr. Selig loved sports, as a fan and a participant.

"He loved watching it, talking about it, going to games and playing with his grandchildren," said Mr. Selig's daughter, Jane Selig-Goldstein of Newton. "It was such a huge part of him."

Mr. Selig was an avid tennis player and would enjoy a weekend tennis match at the West End House Boys & Girls Club. He was also an amateur hockey player until he was 40, and pursued ice skating for the rest of his life.

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