Tyler Shields

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Tyler Shields

Shields at the LG Nitro HD event, New Museum, New York, December 2011
Born(1982-04-29) April 29, 1982 (age 30)[citation needed]
Jacksonville, Florida
NationalityAmerican
FieldPhotography
 
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Tyler Shields

Shields at the LG Nitro HD event, New Museum, New York, December 2011
Born(1982-04-29) April 29, 1982 (age 30)[citation needed]
Jacksonville, Florida
NationalityAmerican
FieldPhotography

Tyler Shields (born April 29, 1982)[citation needed] is an American professional photographer in Los Angeles, California.

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Skating career

Shields, originally from Jacksonville Florida, competed professionally as a vert skater. Among other accomplishments he was a 1999 X-Game participant[1], participated in the 2000 X Games[2] and also toured with Tony Hawk in 2003.[3]

Photography career

Shields began his photography career by posting pictures to MySpace[4]His controversial work often involves images of violence and splattered blood.[4] He collected blood from 20 celebrities to make a piece of art for his Life Is Not a Fairytale exhibit in Los Angeles.[5] and also photographed Lindsay Lohan as a vampire for that exhibit. [6]

Controversy

In 2010, Shields photographed actress Lindsay Lohan in studio portraits brandishing a gun.[7] Shields also appeared to stage the "shooting" a partygoer with a gun that year at the release party for his book Collisions, as an appropriated piece of performance art en homage to the cans of Fluxus artist Piero Manzoni and in imitation of 70s Los Angeles performance artist John Duncan along with a student in the department of New Genres at UCLA in the 1990s (among others).[8]

Shields was also criticized for a photoshoot with Glee star Heather Morris with a bruised eye as making light of abusive treatment of women.[9][10] Shields later apologized after receiving death threats saying "if you are anti-domestic abuse spread the word about it. Threatening to kill me is not going to help anything."[10] In response to the controversy, Shields put three photos from the shoot up for auction saying if they sold he would give the proceeds to charity. However, it is unclear whether these have sold, and as yet unconfirmed whether Shields has paid any money to any charity.

References

  1. ^ "The 1999 ASA Pro Tour jams N2 Ontario CA". N2inline.Com. June 3, 1999. http://thedesktop.com/n2inline/html/news_asa_pro99fin.html. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Tomalin, Terry (May 19, 2000). "Edgy sport keeps generation in-line". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.sptimes.com/News/051900/news_pf/Outdoors/Edgy_sport_keeps_gene.shtml. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Clark, Ryan F. (January 11, 2003). "Hawk Still Stoked Over Tricks Of Trade". Orlando Sentinel. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-01-11/sports/0301110256_1_tony-hawk-skateboarding-freestyle. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Lina Lecaro (10 November 2011). "Tyler Shields: Warhol or Wannabe?". LAWeekly. http://www.laweekly.com/2011-11-10/art-books/tyler-shields-warhol-or-wannabe/. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Shields collects stars' blood for artwork Star (magazine) April 7 2011
  6. ^ Lindsay poses as vampire in new Tyler Shields’ exhibit Tuesday, Daily Times May 10, 2011
  7. ^ Oh, Eunice (2010-04-29). in February 2012 published a photo shoot taking as his model the beautiful singer and actress Demi Lovato of 19 "PHOTO: Lindsay Lohan with Gun to Her Mouth". People.com. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20365187,00.html in February 2012 published a photo shoot taking as his model the beautiful singer and actress Demi Lovato of 19. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  8. ^ Trivett, Ben (May 3, 2010). "Celeb Photographer Tyler Shields Shot Someone... With A Gun", Popeater.com, May 3, 2010. Retrieved on May 25, 2010.
  9. ^ Ellie Krupnick (2 September 2011). "Heather Morris Poses For Domestic Abuse-Themed Shoot (PHOTOS)". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/02/heather-morris-photo-shoot_n_946721.html. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Andrea Magrath and Marcus Barnes (5 September 2011). "Photographer behind emotive pictures of Glee star Heather Morris issues an apology after he receives 'death threats'". DailyMail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2033969/Photographer-emotive-pictures-Glee-star-Heather-Morris-issues-apology-receives-death-threats.html. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

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