Rangefinder mag features “Michael Muller: Hollywood Blvd”

Click to view Michael Muller's photo gallery at Rangefinder.

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Rangefinder magazine has just posted a long feature on Michael Muller that looks at how he got his start in the business and what life is like for this successful entertainment and advertising photographer. (You can hear an interview with Michael in Rangefinder‘s latest podcast.) Here’s how the article, written by Jennifer Chen, begins:

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On any given day in Hollywood, odds are you might drive by and see a dozen or so of photographer Michael Muller’s movie posters plastered around town. His love for superheroes is evident in the plethora of comic-book based posters he’s worked on—X-Men, Captain America and Iron Man 2, to name a few—each one bearing his trademark Hollywood lighting and his power to distill the entire plotline into one still image. What you might not see behind the glitz and the glamour of the photo is the amount of hard work Muller puts in and the serendipitous luck that scored him a spot as one of the dozen in Los Angeles that can claim photographing movie posters as a steady gig.

Muller’s success all started when he spotted someone dressed as a Star Wars Storm Trooper at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, a stretch of street laden with a random assortment of characters ranging from a Marilyn Monroe impersonator kissing an Elvis Presley lookalike to Batman and Superman impersonators hanging out in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Muller got a sudden vision of photographing the trooper as the iconic Marlboro Man, then returned to the theater area to document the other characters there as well. Three months later, the resulting images were turned into a gallery show. At the show, an actor friend purchased a print of “Batman” smoking crack, and as luck would have it, a studio head at Fox happened to see it when visiting Muller’s friend’s house. The actor remembered Muller’s desire to shoot movie posters and pulled up Muller’s Web site for the studio head to check out. The executive asked if Muller could come over right away. Muller did, and landed an assignment shooting the X-Men: The Last Stand poster on the spot.

But before you think it’s an easy gig, think again. Muller says the reason that there’s only a selective group of photographers being offered these big posters is because it’s a difficult job. Depending on the movie, Muller deals with “multiple ad agencies, the marketing department at the…” Click here to read more.

And for a smokin’ shot of Jon Hamm, see “Last Word With Michael Muller,” also new at Rangefinder.

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Click for a closer look at Michael Muller's portrait of Jon Hamm at Rangefinder's site.

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