Foreword by Andrea Blanch and preface by Nathan Fillion
“While big-shot Hollywood producers once demanded a trophy Banksy canvas to be hanging above their faux-Spanish fireplaces, now all they want is one of Shields' gloriously twisted photographs." —GQ Magazine
LA-based photographer Tyler Shields’ work has made a big impression, whether it’s his photographs of exploding Rolls Royces, alligators clamping their jaws on Birkin bags, or starlets flying through the air in impossibly beautiful arcs. Shields frequently combines the world of Hollywood glamour with his love for the acrobatic, creating a wonderful combustion of movement, color, and subject. Provocateur brings together in a single lavish volume his most compelling work to date, 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.
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 truly provocative.
Tyler Shields was born in Jacksonville, Florida. Known as “Hollywood’s favorite 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). Shields resides in Los Angeles, California.
Andrea Blanch is an award-winning fashion, fine art, and conceptual photographer. Referred to as "the woman who knows how to capture a woman," her work has been published in G.Q, Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Musée Magazine. Blanch currently teaches at the International Center for Photography. She lives in New York, New York.
Nathan Fillion is a Canadian actor who is best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle, as well as his earlier portrayal as the fan favorite Captain Malcom Reynolds in the Joss Whedon series Firefly. Fillion was featured in Tyler Shield's photographic exhibition entitled, Historic Fiction. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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