Recently there seems to be a new trend of black people making history in various industries. Despite the fact that racial segregation and profiling is on the rise, there is hope for a future that has possibilities, a future that has a fair playing field for all races. One of the most recent history makers is a 23-year-old artist from Atlanta, Tyler Mitchell, who is going to be the first black photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue in its 126-year history.
According to HuffPost, Mitchell landed the opportunity thanks to the influence of Beyonce. She chose him to photograph her upcoming issue cover after obtained full control over the cover from the Vogue Editor-in-chief. A source spoke to HuffPost and said, “The reason a 23-year-old black photographer is photographing Beyoncé for the cover of Vogue is because Beyoncé used her power and influence to get him that assignment.”
Mitchell graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in September, and quickly became reputed and recognized in the art world through his work in Cuba and the work he has featured on Instagram. He has more than 40000 followers on Instagram, including some celebrities like Naomi Campbell and Rose McGowan.
In an interview with the New York Times last Year, Mitchell was featured in the “Up Next” series. They described his American Eagle film as, “Black Eagle An esoteric autobiographical short film he directed and starred in for American Eagle had its premiere in February. “I do look at myself as a black American and equally as a symbol at the center of this country,” he said. “I had never considered myself an American Eagle model, but what made it interesting was to twist the cultural conversation about what the brand stands for and turn it on its head.””
The young artist gained great attention back in 2015 with his self-published book of photos, El Paquete. For this book, he spent six weeks in Cuba to come up with the documentary photography program; where he perfectly captured Havana’s vibrant skateboard scene and architecture. His book of photos has 108 photos attracted notice of Dazed Digital and i-D magazine.
Despite this being a historic opportunity, the 23-year-old has had his work featured in other magazines. He did work for Teen Vogue’s March for Our Lives feature; where he photographed gun reform activist Nza-Ari Khepra, with Parkland shooting survivors Emma Gonzalez, Sarah Chadwick and Jaclyn Corin. The piece was for Teen Vogue’s #NeverAgain gun control movement. He has also shot covers for Fader and Office Magazine.
The young artist is going places because other than photography, he has directed film projects for Marc Jacobs and Ray-Ban. And in December as he spoke to NY-Times, he talked of an upcoming film on how race affects adolescents. The feature reads, “He is currently editing an experimental three-screen film he shot using a 35 millimeter camera, about “race and how that affects adolescents” that he plans to screen in New York sometime next year. While he is tight-lipped about the film’s story line, he said the project will be more personal than his online persona.”