Based in Los Angeles, Michael Muller is one of Hollywood\u2019s most dominant photographers. His images regularly grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly, big-budget movies posters (think Iron Man, Aquaman and Captain Marvel) and album covers (see Rihanna\u2019s Unapologetic ). Juxtaposing this studio work, Muller spends as much time as possible in the outdoors, most recently through documenting ocean life, specifically, sharks in open water. Though these subjects could not be more different, Muller\u2019s approach is constant. In all forms, through his vision and execution, he favors a vivid, unmistakably charged style that\u2019s solely his own. Today, Muller is most often found with a Leica in-hand (his preferred choice for the superior glass). But, before he had shelves stocked with his favorite German products, Muller got his first waterproof camera at 10 during his childhood in Saudi Arabia. \u201cI remember taking a photograph of a photo in the National Geographic of a shark, then showed all my young friends,\u201d he says. He eventually copped to the lie that it was his own image. \u201cBut I did see the power of photography just with that. I remember it really had an impact on me,\u201d he says. From his early days, Muller was hustling. When he relocated to Northern California as a pre-teen, he started documenting snowboarding and sneaking into rock concerts to shoot musicians. \u201cI was in seventh grade and it was sort of the birth of snowboarding,\u201d he says. \u201cI started photographing friends snowboarding, which quickly led to shooting professionals and getting published.\u201d At 18, Muller moved to Los Angeles to kick-start his career as it\u2019s known today. He began by shooting test shots for models. \u201cThey needed pictures, so I just shot people, sometimes four, five, six a day,\u201d he recalls. \u201cAnd I didn\u2019t throw them up against a wall, bam, bam, in and out. I treated each one like it was the cover of Vogue.\u201d Though not linear, Muller\u2019s success was no accident. From a ten-year-old snorkeling with a film camera to shooting pro-snowboarders and musicians, then actors, movie posters, album covers \u2014 and now great white sharks: it was gumption more than anything that got him here. \u201cWhen I was making my book with Taschen, my editor turned to me and said, \u2018Do you know what I notice about all of the photographers that we do books with? All of you, you\u2019re all hustlers.\u2019\u201d Muller\u2019s response: \u201cYou have to be.\u201d That maverick style is infused in each of his photos. Over the last decade or so, Muller\u2019s personal attention has moved to focus more on the oceans. His work with sharks has culminated in his much-lauded simply-titled book, Sharks , released in 2018 as well as a years-in-the-making VR project. His mediums seemingly could not be more different \u2014 two contrasting species, in two opposite environments \u2014 but Muller has taken his rather electric style and applied it across the board. \u201cI\u2019m constantly searching to do something that I\u2019ve never seen before,\u201d he says. \u201cI thought, \u2018I want to shoot a shark like I shoot Iron Man.\u2019 And so how do you do that? I can\u2019t bring a shark in . It\u2019ll be dead. So I have to bring this to the shark.\u201d That\u2019s involved creating an entire studio underwater, strobe lights and all. \u201cI think all of my work sort of infuses on one another.\u201d Being bold in life and art has been his throughline. \u201cA really good, striking image, you can feel something when you look at it, whether it\u2019s a shark or a person.\u201d And it\u2019s been his ability to breakdown his own fears and overcome the noise of his surrounding to create work that\u2019s transcended norms.