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Pigment print on platine archival fibre rag paper, 53.5 x 68 cm (21.1 x 26.8 in.), hardcover volume with two-fold-outs in a metal cage, 33.0 x 44.0 cm (13.0 x 17.3 in.), 334 pages. Michael Muller has carved a career out of impressive encounters. Famed for his portraits of the world’s most elite actors, musicians and sports stars, he has spent the last decade diving to ocean depths around the world to create one of the most spectacular portfolios of underwater shark photography. This Art Edition presents the best of Muller’s shark portfolio in its own metal shark cage with the accompanying signed print Tear You Apart, 2009. A catalogue of adrenaline and awe, the edition includes the first known photograph of a great white breaching at night, as well as essays from Philippe Cousteau, Jr., marine biologist Alison Kock, and culture writer Arty Nelson. The metal cage, each one unique in finish, is conceived by Muller to allow readers an even more vivid sense of his underwater encounters, as if they themselves were diving down to face the sharks. Each cage is individually distressed to reflect the effects of time and salt water. The accompanying print, Tear You Apart, taken in the waters of Guadalupe Island in Mexico, presents a stunning close-up shot of a great white with teeth bared to the camera. In luminous shades of gray, white, and blue, this phenomenal image of the mightiest shark species of all epitomizes Muller’s aim to bring the Hollywood portrait session to the “real celebrities” of the ocean. "This was only my second dive with great whites, but my strobe lights were already changing everything, allowing me to make portraits like I envisioned if I’d been able to bring one of these sharks right into my studio. A team of seven assistants underwater and on deck worked multiple packs and thousands of watts of electricity and power to get the lights where we needed them.” —Michael Muller. Limited Art Edition of 100 copies, signed by photographer Michael Muller. Each edition is presented in its own metal shark cage, with the accompanying signed Archival Platine Print Tear You Apart, 2009. The photographer: 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 as they’ve never been seen before. The contributing authors: Arty Nelson has written essays for monographs and artist catalogs on Wes Lang, Chris Johanson, Ed Templeton, and the critically acclaimed Beautiful Losers show. Dr. Alison Kock is a marine biologist and the research manager for the City of Cape Town’s acclaimed Shark Spotters Program. She is a member of the South African Acoustic Tracking Array Platform, is a project leader for the Save Our Seas Foundation, and scientific advisor for the South African Shark Conservancy. Philippe Cousteau, Jr. is a prominent leader in the environmental movement. An award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist, and social entrepreneur, Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau, Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau.
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