A Big Beautiful Book of Sharks. In A Shark Cage.

Taschen has recently released a truly beautiful collector’s edition of Michael Muller’s Sharks featuring the breathtaking shark photographs of Michael Muller. The oversized book is presented in its own hand-distressed shark cage made of metal.

Michael Muller Sharks Collector’s Edition

the following text is courtesy of the publisher
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 in the last decade built up one of the most spectacular portfolios of underwater shark photography. Muller’s quest is to document sharks with an unprecedented proximity and precision. 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, bringing the Hollywood portrait session to the ocean predator.

This Collector’s Edition of Muller’s images brings the best of his shark shots together in a stunning portfolio of adrenaline and awe. Arranged geographically, it follows Muller’s ocean adventures from black tip and sand tiger sharks in South Africa to great hammerheads in the Bahamas and the first known photograph of a great white breaching at night. Thrilling narratives from each trip document the challenges and near-misses along the way.

Sample spreads:






The book is presented in its own metal cage, 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.



To compliment Muller’s work for advocacy organizations such as WildAid and EarthEcho, his photographs are contextualized with essays from Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and marine biologist Alison Kock, who discuss exploration and conservation of our oceanic kingdom. Culture writer Arty Nelson adds an overview of Muller’s work, while a technical section explains the precise equipment behind these spectacular shots.

Collector’s Edition of 1,000 copies, each signed by photographer Michael Muller, with its own metal shark cage.


Michael Muller. Sharks
Edition of 1,000 + 50 APs
8.5 x 17.6 x 20.9 inches
$1,500 USD, buy it here

The hardcover book is also available here on Amazon without the special collector’s edition cage.

Also available in two Art Editions of 100 copies, each including a signed and numbered print, both of which are shown below:

Michael Muller. Sharks. Art Edition No. 101-200 ‘Under Study’

Edition of 100 + 20 APs
US$ 3,000, buy it here

Michael Muller. Sharks. Art Edition No. 1-100 ‘Tear You Apart’

Edition of 100 + 20 APs
US$ 3,000, buy it here

Reviews:
“Sharks: Face-to-Face with the Ocean’s Endangered Predator, is full of strikingly beautiful, intimate shots of the animals. Photographing them with Hollywood-style lighting and free from a cage, Muller has been on a mission to help conserve these much-feared and misunderstood ocean dwellers.” — CBS News, New York

“[Sharks] in no way demonises the ocean’s apex predators; instead, Muller’s beautiful underwater images admire the animals’ evolutionary perfection and graceful power. Nature’s supermodels.” — Esquire, London

“…extraordinary not only in its aesthetic wonder but also in its ability to change and inspire the way we see—and think about—these majestic creatures of the deep.” — Flood magazine, California

“The culmination of a decade-long obsession with these apex predators, [Sharks] contains hundreds of photos, shot in beautiful, haunting style…” — Man of the World, New York

“Sharks: Face-to-Face with the Ocean’s Endangered Predator, is full of strikingly beautiful, intimate shots of the animals. Photographing them with Hollywood-style lighting and free from a cage, Muller has been on a mission to help conserve these much-feared and misunderstood ocean dwellers.” — CBS News, New York

“[Sharks] in no way demonises the ocean’s apex predators; instead, Muller’s beautiful underwater images admire the animals’ evolutionary perfection and graceful power. Nature’s supermodels.” — Esquire, London

You can purchase several of Michael’s photographic prints of sharks here at Taschen 

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