National Geographic. But the most dangerous and exciting of the works center on the lone beast, mouth open wide within spitting distance of the lens, ready to strike.
Google the photographer Michael Muller's name, and you'll find a row of celebrities staring formidably back at you: Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix. The subjects of Muller's new Taschen monograph, selections from which are now on view at the publisher's New York store, are of a rather different animal. Over the course of the last decade, Muller has scoured oceans across the globe, hunting for up-close-and-personal portraits of sharks. Muller's high-powered equipment, with its NASA-engineered design and 1,200-watt lighting rig, reveals spectacular detail across the predator's skin and, in a few startling shots, even the interiors of the mouth. Certain images downplay this level of individual detail, instead showing the sharks circling in organized packs, in spreads that would be right at home in