Tyler Shields (Jacksonville, 1982) is a Los Angeles-based photographer, writer and film director. He started his career as a professional in-line skater, which he credits with instilling in him a drive for success and a taste for danger.
Shields’ provocative, sometimes controversial photographs are filled with a dark, alluring glamour that he uses to confront notions of power, gaze, and the cult of modern celebrity. Many of his works have violent, surreal undertones, whether it is fire, extreme stunts, or even putting models in a room with live lions. Yet throughout them all, a sense of fun and of cinematic wonder pervades, giving the viewer a sense that maybe, after all, the impossible might just be within reach.