In This Book, Sharks Get the Rock-Star Photo Shoot Treatment

Shaunacy Ferro

Photographer Michael Muller is best known for his entertainment work, including the art for Rihanna’s 2012 album Unapologetic. For his new book called Sharks: Face-to-Face with the Ocean’s Endangered Predator, Muller took his eye for rock-star glamour underwater. The book, available now, provides never-before-seen views of sharks.

Sharks: Face-to-Face with the Ocean’s Endangered Predator explores the sharks of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, shot as if they were actors or musicians preparing for a glossy magazine cover. Muller built a new, patented underwater light rig to bring studio-style strobe lighting deep beneath the surface of the ocean—and within chomping range of great whites and hammerheads.

The 334-page coffee table book includes an image thought to be the world’s first nighttime image of a great white shark breaching. Across species and habitats, Muller captures the toothy grins and curious stares of these endangered predators, whose lives remain mysterious to most people.

Michael Muller’s Sharks can be purchased from TASCHEN for $70.

All images by Michael Muller courtesy TASCHEN