Bad boy photographer Tyler Shields's darkly romantic work has made a big impression, whether it's his photographs of exploding Rolls Royces, alligators clamping their jaws on Birkin bags, or starlets covered in blood. Shields manages to combine the world of Hollywood glamour with his love for the acrobatic (drawing on a history of working with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk), creating a wonderful combustion of movement, colour, and subject. Provocateur brings together in a single lavish volume several of the LA-based photographer's collections, including a series of retro-style glamour portraits, ethereally decadent Marie Antoinette-inspired visions, and rustic woodland scenes that serve as a backdrop for modern-day nymphs. No stranger to controversy, unaffected by the feathers he ruffles, Tyler pushes his subjects - often the young elite of Hollywood - and himself, to the limits, going well outside usual comfort zones. Tyler's daring, perceptiveness, and skill in getting his subjects to reveal themselves make these images unforgettable and provocative.
Tyler Shields was born in Jacksonville, Florida. Known as Hollywood's favourite photographer, the L.A.-based contemporary artist and filmmaker has evolved from the bad boy of photography with his controversial blood-stained photographic series featuring Lindsay Lohan to a more mature artist whose work explores the collective gaze, power structures, hyper-realism, and cinematographic practice. He has worked with a roster of ranking members of Hollywood. Tyler's previous book is The Dirty Side of Glamour (It Books, 2011).