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Decadence by Tyler Shields staring jaime King Holland Roden and more…

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This series “Decadence” is the latest series by Tyler Shields. Set in the court of Marie Antoinette, the series was shot in the summer of 2015 and was shot using a 50 year old 8 by 10 camera as well as various Hasselblad cameras. After their marriage, Louis XVI entrusted Marie with the task of entertaining the court. Decadence is set in Tuileries Palace in 1667 and The Palace of Versailles 1672. I wanted to give my version of an inside look into what I imagine it would be like if you were able to take a photograph of The Court of The Palace of Versailles and Tuileries Palace an intimate look inside one of the most fascinating times in history.
Jaime King @jaime_king
Holland Roden @hollandroden
Isabelle Fuhrman @isabellefur
Lydia Hearst @lydiahearst
Ana Mulvoy-Ten @anamulvoyten
Tallulah Willis @buuski
Christa B Allen @christabrittany
Poppy Jamie @poppyjamie
Emily Lind @emilyalind
Lili Peper @lilipeper
Shoshana Bush @shoshanabush
Spencer Locke @spencerlocke
Mani Yarosh @manikrisna
Faith Picozzi @faithpicozzi
Logan Huffman @loganhuffman77
Connor Paolo @theconnorpaolo
Madison Paige @madisonpaige
Courtney Halverston @prettylittlefawn
Alex Krosney @alexkrosney
Natalie Lind @natalynlind
Filip Milenkovic @thechemicalequation
Che Bo @iamchebo

8×10 Tech Jen Wainz @Jwainz
Make up Ashley Ann Harris @ashleyannharris
Hair Sienree @sienree
Stylist Sara Dinkin @fancyhipster
Behind the Scenes @morganpeszko
Assistant Jonathan Heit @jonathanheit
Assistant Jake miller @jakemillerfilms

Phillips Auction Tyler Shields Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn Horst P. Horst

Very excited to be in an Auction with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn Horst P. Horst some of the great all time legends. #phillipsauction #henricartierbreson #irvingpenn #tylershields #horstphorst Click here to see Tyler Shields Phillips auction 2015

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Hasselblad Masters 2016

I have been using Hasselblad cameras for a long time so this is a real honor!

The Hasselblad Masters Award is an international competition created by Hasselblad.

This year the competition had over 10,700 photos submitted worldwide by professional photographers. Only 10 images were selected for each of the 10 categories my image is in the art section.

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Tyler Shields Latest series is on Display at the Andrew Weiss Gallery

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Tyler Shields

Andrew Weiss Gallery: Santa Monica, California

May 19, 2015 until June 30, 2015

*Opening reception May 16, 2015 by RSVP

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA—Andrew Weiss Gallery is pleased to present Historical Fiction, an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based photographer Tyler Shields. Historical Fiction was photographed in locations across the United States over a period of twelve months through early 2015. These large-scale color-saturated and black and white photographs are the artist’s powerful interpretations of iconic moments and individual reactions to 1960s American political and pop culture history including the first men on the moon, the disbanding of The Beatles, the Golden Age of air travel, racial violence, and the deaths of James Dean, John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Marilyn Monroe. The series also includes a four-minute video installation featuring Nathan Fillion and Christa B. Allen called Man on the Moon. Historical Fiction reflects on the complicated, controversial, and emotional times of one of the most influential eras in modern history in ways that have never been seen before. The series will be on view at Andrew Weiss Gallery from May 19, 2015 until June 27, 2015.


Lynching, Tyler Sheilds, KKK
In Tyler Shields’ photographs the traditional victim of violent race-related injustice turns aggressor. For Shields, it’s a powerful and symbolic role reversal.
There he hangs, just feet above the water.

The white, hooded figure whose body is limp and lifeless resembles a uniformed member of the Klu Klux Klan. As he hangs, a black man securely holds the opposite end of the rope. Is he the culprit or the savior? We do not know.

It’s an image shocking even by today’s standards: after all, the despicably archaic act of lynching still permeates today’s society. Just this week a black man in Georgia was found hanging behind a house that wasn’t his.

He had recently been questioned for the death of a white woman and, as investigators search for answers, the family refuses to accept his death as a suicide.

“Right now we are going through a real racial issue in our country,” Tyler Shields, who photographed the image for his new series Historical Fiction, told The Daily Beast. “And, to me, these things that happened in the 20s and 30s, they’re just as poignant today as they were back then.”

According to an investigation by the Equal Justice Initiative (PDF), some 3,959 blacks were lynched between 1877 and 1950 throughout the South.

The KKK and other “white mob” groups have been primary suspects in countless cases that are still being investigated today.

Yet there’s never been a documented case of anyone hanging a Klansman, according to Shields, who was curious as to how the role reversal would look and the emotional reaction it would evoke in the viewer.



ARTICLE BY Zak Cheney-Rice
The most polarizing photo of Tyler Shields’ career shows a naked black man hanging a Klansman.The Ku Klux Klan is not happy about it, Shields says. Nor are a number of his artist friends, who claim the image is so loaded with painful iconography that they worry how viewers will react to it.

“It was too much for them,” Shields told Mic in an interview. “I have a photographer friend who looked at the image and freaked out: ‘You can’t put this out there. It’s too crazy. It’s too much.’

“[They] kept telling me, ‘People are going to ask you too many questions,’” he said. “‘I wouldn’t even know what to say.’”

None of this fazes Shields, however; in fact, it’s kind of the point. For him, the “challenge” of disseminating images like this lies precisely in not having a prepped explanation for what they signify.

“A lot of artists want an exact statement for everything they do,” he said. “But I never want to not create something because I’m afraid of what it might say.”

Even so, you might assume that the 33-year-old photographer from Jacksonville, Florida — who built his newest photo series around the civil rights era’s most potent images and symbols — is at least somewhat politically driven.

You might also assume that he has much to say about the state of American race relations, especially since the high-profile police killings of black men and boys like Walter Scott and Michael Brown.

But you’d be wrong — to a point. For starters, Shields is clear about how little he follows current events.

“I live in my own world,” he said. “I try to get my news the old-fashioned way, through word of mouth. So when it finally gets to me, it’s usually already a big story.”

And he’s relatively adamant about his lack of political involvement.

“I think this is the first time I’ve commented on anything politically,” he said. “I try not to be influenced by things.”
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