Tyler Mitchell (photographer) (1995-)

Tyler Mitchell is an American photographer. He is based in Brooklyn, New York and is best known for his cover photo of Beyoncé for the cover of Vogue.

Early life

Mitchell grew up in Marietta, Georgia. In ninth grade, he purchased a Canon camera and taught himself how to make skateboarding videos. He was inspired by Spike Jonze to learn how to make videos and taught himself how to edit through youtube tutorials.

In 2015, Mitchell created and published his first book at the age of 20 after visiting Havana, Cuba on a six-week photography program. While he was there he documented skateboarding life and the architecture in Havana and turned it into a 108-page book called “El Paquete”.

He went on to attend New York University Tisch School of the Arts and graduated in 2017. While at Tisch, he studied with Deborah Willis.

Career

Before photographing Beyoncé for the cover of American Vogues September 2018 issue at the age of 23, he got a lot of experience making and editing short films at home and also shot music videos for rapper Kevin Abstract during his freshman year of college Additionally, before the Vogue cover, Mitchell worked with Teen Vogue to document and photograph teen gun control activists for the magazine’s digital issue. A couple months later when Mitchell shot for the cover of Vogue, he became the first African-American to photograph for the cover and also one of the youngest photographers to do so ever. In 2019, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery acquired one of the portraits of Beyoncé by Mitchell for their permanent collection.

In 2019, Mitchell had his first solo exhibition at the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam from April 19 to June 5 called I Can Make You Feel Good which included video works, photographs, and installations. The exhibition traveled to the International Center of Photography in New York and will be shown there until May 2020.

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