Birkin Mad

Tyler Shields Tome

Max Trowbridge
Posted:
January 17, 2014

Tyler Shields has a presence mesmerizing enough to encourage you to partake in his crazy daredevil photography. Pushing the boundaries of controversial pop culture through photography, video, performance art and movies, this is one seriously cool Californian. While hanging out at the Samuel Lynne Galleries, Dallas, for his exhibition “The Destruction of Glamour,” Tyler shared details behind the creation of his large-scale, gravity-defying stunt photography. “I can’t really say which is the most dangerous. So many of them were dangerous for other people, and a lot were dangerous for me,” he says. “If you look at the X-ray photos, we got a little radiation poisoning from that; the firehouse fight was brutal because of the cold water blasting you in the face; dragging Quint [aka Zachary  Quinto] behind a truck on a gravel road was tough for him (not as much for me); but the most painful to watch was Connor Paolo punching Nick Wechsler in the face.” Showcasing American culture through celebrities, glamour and the destructive behavior exhibited by the young Hollywood elite set, Shields was thrust into the media limelight after capturing the destruction of a $100,000 Hermès Birkin by Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca, who ravaged the bag with a chainsaw — both received death threats, and hate mail ensued. Shields is closely associated with actors Mischa Barton, Heather Morris, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Greene, Scott Patterson and The Hunger Games’ Wes Bentley, who appeared in Shields’ feature-length film Final Girl with Abigail Breslin. Now Shields is about to launch his latest project. “I just finished my new film Outlaw, which I am most proud of. The work we did on this movie is insane. Some of the shots in the film are the craziest shots I have ever done.” In November, he published his first photography book, The Dirty Side of Glamour (Harper Collins), with a foreword by actress Emma Roberts and Francesca Eastwood. The hardcover tome features his “Suspense” and “Chromatic” series of work, along with images of Lindsay Lohan’s “prostitute” shoot. $25, at area booksellers and amazon.com.

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