Michael Muller: SHARKS opens at TASCHEN Gallery Los Angeles
Michael Muller. And Personal, 2009
Michael Muller. White Mike, 2007
“I knew that I couldn’t bring the great white to the studio, so had to bring the studio to the great white.” – Michael Muller
Los Angeles, CA: On the evening of April 26, 2016 in Los Angeles the TASCHEN Gallery hosted a VIP preview of MICHAEL MULLER: SHARKS; the first public exhibition of the famed photographer’s extraordinary shark encounters. An admiring crowd of fans, friends and collector’s came out to celebrate Muller and his work, including many of his subjects and collaborators like Joaquin Phoenix, Gerard Butler, Johnny Knoxville, Mark Hoppus, Emile Hirsch, David Arquette, Shepard Fairey, Samantha Ronson, Richard Lewis, Robert Patrick, contributor to the book and environmentalist Philippe Cousteau Jr. and more. The party atmosphere was enhanced by the conservation efforts of Muller and TASCHEN, who will be donating a portion of the proceeds from print sales to advocacy organizations WildAid, EarthEco, SharkSpotters, and UNESCO who all campaign for the protection of sharks.
Famed for his portraits of the world’s most elite actors, musicians, and sports stars, Muller has in the last decade built up one of the most spectacular portfolios of underwater shark photography. In ocean depths around the world, he approaches the sharks with a patented seven-bulb, 1200-watt plexi-encased strobe lighting rig, developed with NASA engineering, and no cage.
Muller’s quest is to document sharks with an unprecedented proximity and precision, bringing the Hollywood portrait session to the ocean predator—all with the aim of raising public awareness about this endangered animal. On display are over 50 images following his ocean adventures from great whites in Mexico to great hammerheads in the Bahamas.
Included in the show is a mural-sized, one-of-a-kind artwork with long-time collaborator, artist Sage Vaughn. Muller and Vaughn have worked together since 2011 to produce a dynamic series of painted photographs, pairing Muller’s raw, striking portraits of animals in their natural habitat with Vaughn’s delicate nature-inspired aesthetic. Together, these awesome images offer a record of breathtaking photographic feats, a tribute to the beauty and might of the shark, and a rallying cry for its fragile future.
All of the prints in this exhibition are Archival Platine Prints ranging in size from 16 x 20 inches (41 x 51 centimeters) to mural-sized 40 x 60 inches (102 x 152 centimeters).
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