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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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Man on the Moon by Tyler Shields Starring Nathan Fillion and Christa B. Allen.

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Set the day of the Moon Landing, July 24, 1969. This Short film “MAN ON THE MOON” is a part of the new series, Historical Fiction currently on display at The Andrew Weiss Gallery, Man on the Moon by Tyler Shields. Stars Nathan Fillion Christa B. Allen, Courtney Halverson, Ana Mulvoy Ten, Logan Huffman, Natalie Lind, Emily Lind, Aly Lind, Lili Peper, Faith Picozzi, Hassie Harrison, Barbera Alyn Lind, Jordon Fink, Filip Milenkovic, Luke Huffman and Alex Krosney. Shot on Red. Available to view in 4K.


Yesterday when I posted this, I had no idea the reaction it would get and after becoming my most shared and liked photo on both Instagram and Facebook, it was interesting to think that this photo never would have happened had I not started a 100 day photo challenge. Photography or anything you do for that matter is about dedication and I have never lost sight of that it only gets more and intense for me I only want to do better and better, and I just want to be better. So if you are reading this and you second guess anything keep pushing keep going and never stop!



Sirens is a new series which I am very excited to debut. This series was shot all on Hasselblad. The idea behind this series was to capture time so I took very long exposures some the shortest 2 minutes the longest 28 minutes no photoshop all effects done in camera. The challenge for creating this series was movement having everyone be still for such long periods of time. Below you will see a small making of check it out to see how some of these images were made! This series is available through Guy Hepner

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The childish CLAY YARBOROUGH VS The entire artistic world.

After reading an article in my home town Folio weekly about a city council men named Clay Yarborough walking into the Moca and seeing something he did not like and demeaning all funding be pulled from the museum and the art be destroyed I realized something Clay Yarborough is a brat with small child thinking syndrome. I was recently with a 7 year old (photo down below) who does not act with such childish distain for humanity.. I want to start by saying something I make my living from selling art I take the photographs they go to galleries and people buy them every so often I do a book or a movie and from that i am able to feed an army full of people. my assistant is my best friend whom we grew up together in Jacksonville skating at Kona skatepark, I buy woodsy BBQ sauce online and have it shipped to me, all that being said I am fine this doesn’t effect me, what it does effect is the ever growing population of artists out there who work everyday creating and taking photos trying to get to the level of making a living from it and people like Mr. Yarborough are trying to take food out of those artists mouths, how dare he demand funding to be cut, how dare he label art as pornography, its this childish thinking that will cripple you and your city. Now as an artist i know Mr. Yarborough is entitled to his opinion as is every person on this planet, you don’t have to like the photograph you don’t have to like any photograph, but as an elected official you are abusing your power and your city won’t stand for it. If Moca needs me I am there, I would like to donate something to the museum I would also like to praise the wonderful mayor Alvin Brown for standing his ground. I say this to Mr. Yarborough and this is what I say to anyone who doesn’t like my work “If you don’t like it don’t look at no one is forcing you” my hope from all this none sense is that the city comes together and supports the MOCA.

Signed Tyler Shields

Aly Lind