“I try to capture the energy of a person being true to themselves. This, I believe, is the essence of a photograph.” - Michael Muller
Photographer Michael Muller has packed several lifetimes worth of adventure into a mere four decades of life. Raised in Northern California, he spent much of his childhood in Saudi Arabia, where his father, an amateur photographer, oversaw the building of the port city of Jubail.
In his mid-teens and 50 countries later, he began taking photos of professional snowboarding, a passion that quickly became a profession. By 22, Muller had established himself as a leading entertainment and fashion photographer. His celebrity portraits of Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Jeff Bridges, Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and hundreds of others have graced the pages and covers of magazines including Vanity Fair, Elle, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, Flaunt, Filter, Esquire, Interview, and the New York Times Magazine.
He has created iconic images for numerous movie posters, including The Avengers, Inherent Vice, Guardians of The Galaxy, Spiderman, X-men, Hancock, Tower Heist, Iron Man, Captain America, Spring Breakers and numerous other films. Michael has also worked on numerous TV series such as Entourage, 24, Sons of Anarchy, Nip Tuck and Spartacus to name a few. He shot Lil Wayne’s latest album cover, and documented Rihanna for her Unapologetic CD and has been shooting album artwork for most of his career. Michael has created print campaigns for Samsung, Turkish AirSpeedo, Nike, Billabong, Oakley, Range Rover, Dodge, Fila, Von Zipper and IWC watches.
He developed his own iPhone app – Mullerphoto – to help users edit their photos in his iconic style, and will soon launch Photoschool.com, an online photo-teaching site. Along with the App, Michael has also ventured into directing and was signed by RSA, the production company founded by powerhouse directors Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott. As a director, Muller helmed TV spots for Converse, HBO, Reebok, Starz, Oakley, Cirque Du Soleil, Stance socks and Joaquin Phoenix for PETA. Created original sponsored content featuring Colin Farrell for Flaunt, David Lynch for The New Yorker, Michael Phelps for Speedo, Manny Pacquiao for ESPN, Celine Cousteau for the Glass Is Life campaign. He also recently directed music videos for One Republic and The Moors.