Mark Seliger usually looked for an attitude in the person that showed that person. In 1987 he started having assignments for Rolling Stones. The picture of Cobain became famous because Rolling Stones had picked for their magazine and Cobain killed himself a few months later. Most of his pictures were studio based. The picture of Kurt Cobain is one of the studio pictures he has taken.
I personally love this picture. I wouldn't change anything because it captured his emotions very well. The darkness represents his past very well as he wanted to be alone and hidden.