Check out this amazing piece by DigitalRev and Rick Boost
As one of the most recognizable photographers in L.A, Tyler Shields knows what descriptors are thrown his way by the critics. Works that slam together glitz and grime together, like bubblegum sparkle mashed with dirt, have seen him proclaimed as tawdry, a shock tactician, and a firebrand. One particular moniker he has chosen to embrace as the title of his new photo collection book is ‘Provocateur’.
“History is always more interesting then present day because you can look back on it from all angles,” Shields says. “In the present we form opinions and those become bias but when you look back you see it for what it was and then from there create a series in a totally different way.”
Shields’ likes to play in whatever era grabs him; and what grabs Shields is the empathically iconic. Whether that be the intoxicating hedonism of aristocratic 18th century France or the societal stresses of modern America. Shields says “I like to create my own history and the freedom in that is priceless.”
Tallulah Willis by Tyler Shields for the new book Provocateur Order Provocateur now
Dubbed as the “most expensive” and “best designer trunk” in the world.
This is one of the last shots I did for my new book and something i have
wanted to do since I did the Birkin shoot but it was a photo I know I
needed in the book, it took me a few years to find the trunk as they are
rare and not cheap.
My new book of photography, Provocateur, is due out on Dec. 13, and it includes photos from all my recent shoots and even past shoots with over 500 images.
You can pre-order the book at Amazon here