Michael Muller is an award-winning celebrity and advertising photographer and director whose work has appeared in countless campaigns and major publications and on billboards and in movie theaters around the world. His clients include Kia, Apartments.com, Speedo, Nike, Kodak, Coca-Cola, Billabong, TD Ameritrade, Turkish Airlines, Mazda, Nike, Dodge, Range Rover, Fila, and VonZipper, and he has shot portraits for Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The Red Bulletin, Flaunt, ESPN The Magazine, Malibu Magazine, and Esquire, among many others. Michael is also one of the top key-art photographers in the industry, with credits ranging from Deadpool, both Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Exodus: Gods and Kings, the Iron Man movies, Spider-Man, and the Captain America franchise to Zealander No. 2, Inherent Vice, Ballers, and Bessie.
Fueled by his unwavering love of adventure, Michael is also a passionate advocate for the protection of sharks. Using an underwater lighting system that he developed and has patented, Michael regularly travels the world to photograph sharks, swimming cage free with his camera and crew. “I go down there with no cage, no metal suit—just a camera between me and their teeth.” His shark photos have been widely exhibited and have been featured on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel. The sportswear brand Billabong teamed up with Michael to produce a line of men’s and women’s clothing featuring his shark imagery. Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen produced a limited-edition diver’s watch inspired by his shark photography. And in 2016, Taschen published a monograph of the work titled Sharks that was covered by the press worldwide.
In addition to his client work, Michael frequently contributes his time to the United Nations’ efforts to highlight the need for clean drinking water and to combat malaria, among other vital causes. In 2016, his photos of Haiti were featured in the book Haiti Rising, to benefit the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Michael is also the cofounder of Kids Clicking Kids, which distributes cameras to children in hospitals and encourages them to photograph their world. The program is administered through the nonprofit organization Art of Elysium. “What Kids Clicking Kids encompasses is putting cameras into the hands of children and allowing them to go into their environments and capture moments,” Michael says. “The result is always the same: watching children smile, laugh, and leave their situation behind for a time and create art.”