Writing an article’s introductory paragraph is usually pretty easy. You introduce the photographer, you describe his or hers style, and you write something about their field of photography. However, in the case of Michael Muller, it is far from easy. It is obvious that he is mostly famous for his blockbuster movie posters and celebrity portraits, but for balance and context, there is a lot more that need be said. So let us just take it from the beginning.
Michael’s love for photography started at a young age. When he was eleven years old, his family moved to Saudi Arabia, where his father would oversee the Bechtel Corporation’s massive construction of Jubail. Michael’s father, a passionate amateur photographer, bought him his very first camera – a yellow, waterproof Minolta Weathermatic.
“I first experienced the power of photography when I used my Minolta to take a picture of an image of a shark in National Geographic” Michael laughs. “I showed the picture to my friends, and I told them that I’d shot the image myself. They were amazed: oh, wow! No way!” Still amused, Michael goes on. “They just couldn’t believe I’d taken such an amazing image – which I hadn’t! Of course, I soon felt guilty for lying. Eventually I cracked up and told everybody the truth. But it definitely had an impact on me. I was beginning to appreciate the power of the medium, you know.”