MICHAEL MULLER: SHARKS
“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
Michael Muller has carved a career out of extraordinary encounters. Famed for his portraits of the world’s most elite actors, musicians, and sports stars, he 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. TASCHEN Gallery is proud to present MICHAEL MULLER: SHARKS, the first public exhibition of Muller’s work on the subject, opening on April 27th. 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. The two 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.
Michael Muller’s staggering underwater images are not only a celebration of the beauty and might of sharks. They are also a rallying cry for the species’ fragile future.
Michael Muller and TASCHEN 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.
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).
Los Angeles–based photographer Michael Muller has circled the globe shooting celebrities, rock stars, outlaw bikers, super heroes, and elite athletes for such publications as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar. In 2007 he turned his lens underwater and began photographing sharks.