Tyler Shields on Success in Photography

Being a successful professional art photographer isn’t easy. On this video interview photographer Tyler Shields talks about his road to professional success and some of the obstacles he faced.

He began as a professional a vert inline skater and toured with Tony Hawk in 2003. Than he turned to photography where according to his own words he had a pretty hard time getting accepted especially coming with a large online following (in a time magazines still didn’t appreciate the power of the internet.

Shields had quite a few controversial art pieces – some of them included lots of blood and violence and he even received threats after publishing what might seem like a picture showing abusive treatment of women (although it can just as easily be a poster for a campaign against abusive treatment of women).

With Shields’ success came  accusations of plagiarism by Vice and others. Shield rejected them all (if you ask us – many of the examples on Vice’s article are not similar enough to be tagged as plagiarism – but I guess you – and maybe the courts – will decide).

You can find many more videos of interesting photographers and their work on LensVid’s photographers channel.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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