Meet Tyler Mitchell, The First Black Photographer To Shoot A Vogue Cover
On today’s episode of ‘Black Excellence’, the Beyoncé-approved Tyler Mitchell will be making history as the first black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover. Granted, it’s a little frustrating that we are still celebrating firsts in 2018, but we move!
With a penchant for capturing colourful scenes, the 23-year-old photographer first rose to prominence in 2015, when his self-published book of photos, El Paquete got a lot of traction. This series focused on Cuban skate culture and architecture, and was featured on The New York Times‘ Up Next list.
Speaking to The Times about his work, Mitchell said:
“I depict black people and other people of colour in a really real and pure way. There is an honest gaze to my photos”
Anna Wintour gave Beyoncé full control of her upcoming September issue cover, and the queen chose Tyler to photograph this — making him the firstin the magazine’s 126-year history. We already know that Beyoncé uses her clout to do great things for the black community, so this isn’t shocking at all.