Biography

Tyler Mitchell (b. 1995, Atlanta, GA) is an artist, photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. He received his B.F.A. in Film and Television from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His work introduces new narratives about Black beauty and desire, embracing themes of the past and creating fictionalized moments of the imagined future. Mitchell’s work is characterized by a visual representation of Black life that emphasizes empowerment, play and self determination. He is often inspired by pastoral and domestic scenes from his upbringing in suburban Georgia.


In 2018, he made history as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover of American Vogue for Beyoncé’s appearance in the September issue. The following year, a portrait from this series was acquired by The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery for its permanent collection.


In 2019, his first solo exhibition I Can Make You Feel Good at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam premiered video works including Idyllic Space. Following its success, I Can Make You Feel Good was developed to include new work, across different mediums, and was exhibited at The International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York in early 2020. Mitchell published an eponymous monograph with Prestel Randomhouse in conjunction with the exhibition, further exploring his take on a Black visual utopia.


In the Fall of 2021, Mitchell presented two more shows: Dreaming in Real Time, which was exhibited at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and An Imaginative Arrangement of the Things Before Me which was shown at The Gordon Parks Foundation in Pleasantville, New York. This exhibition was a culmination of Mitchell being announced as the recipient of the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship, which supports a new project that reflects and draws inspiration from Parks’ central themes of representation and social justice.


Mitchell has been a visiting artist and lecturer at a number of institutions including Yale University, Harvard University, NYU, Paris Photo, and The International Center of Photography.

Selected Press

Books

2020

I Can Make You Feel Good, Prestel, 208 pages, Hardcover, Jul 28

2015

El Paquete, Self Published, 108 pages, Softcover, Nov 10

Exhibitions

2022

Solo

Cultural Turns, 26th Edition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, ON, CONTACT Gallery, Metro Hall, Toronto Billboards, Curated by Mark Sealy, Apr 28-Jun 30

Sunlight, Shadow, and A Rainbow: Matt Eich and Tyler Mitchell, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, Jul 3 – Nov 6. Forthcoming

2021

Solo

An Imaginative Arrangement of the Things Before Me, The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville, NY, Sept 24-Jan 2, 2022

Dreaming in Real Time, Jack Shainman Gallery, 20th St, New York, Sept 9-Oct 30

I Can Make You Feel Good Pt. 3, Jack Shainman Gallery, 24th St, New York, Sept 9-Oct 30


Group

Social Works II, Gagosian Gallery, Grosvenor Hill, London, Curated by Antwaun Sargent, Oct 7-Dec 18

Feedback, Jack Shainman Gallery, The School, Kinderhook, NY, Curated by Helen Molesworth, Jun 5-Oct 30

2020

Solo

I Can Make You Feel Good Pt. 2, The International Center of Photography, New York, NY, Jan 25-Mar 15 & Sept 1-Jan 4, 2021

2019

Solo

I Can Make You Feel Good, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, April 19-June 5

Group

The New Black Vanguard, Aperture Foundation, Oct 24-Jan 18, 2020, (Now on view in Arles, France as part of Recontres d'Arles)

2018

Group

The Way We Live Now, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY, Curated by Siobhán Bohnaker, Brendan Embser, Marvin Orellana, and Antwaun Sargent, Jun 28-Aug 24

Labs New Artists II, Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, NY, Jun 13-24

The Artsy Vanguard, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY

Lectures, Panels & Programs

2022

In conversation with Mark Sealy, CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, ON, May 4

Night at the Cinema Vol. 4, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Curated by Tyler Mitchell and Sophie Cavoulacos, Apr 11

In conversation with Antwaun Sargent, SCAD, Savannah, GA, Apr 4

Paradise Now, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Virtual, Feb 24

2021

In conversation with Helen Molesworth, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO, July 23

2020

ENGAGE Symposium, MoAD, San Francisco, CA, Feb 22

2019

In Conversation with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Paris Photo, Grand Palais Paris, Nov 9

Seeing Differently, With Thelma Golden, Vogue Forces of Fashion, New York, NY, Oct 10

Artist Walkthrough of Roy DeCarava’s exhibition Light Break, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY, Sept 14

On Feeling Good, With Deborah Willis and Grace Wales Bonner, Foam Amsterdam, Apr 19

In Conversation with Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Harvard University, Mar 7

2018

Take the Shot: Photography in the Digital Age, With Deana Lawson, Ming Smith and Hank Willis Thomas, No Commission Art Basel Miami, Dec 6

Reimagining the Image: Tyler Mitchell, International Center of Photography Museum, With Ashleigh Kane, Nov 7

Podcasts

Talk Art: Tyler Mitchell, Talk Art Podcast with Russell Tovey and Robert Diamant, Dec 3, 2020

Dialogues: Tyler Mitchell and Antwaun Sargent, David Zwirner Podcast with Lucas Zwirner, April 8, 2020

Tyler Mitchell, From Skateboarding to Photographing Beyoncé, The Business of Fashion Podcast with Imran Amed, July 26, 2019

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

BOF 500, 2018

Residencies

Teaching

2022

Visiting Critic, Yale University, Photography Department, New Haven, CT

Selected Publications

American Vogue, British Vogue, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, WSJ Magazine, M Le Monde, i-D Magazine, AnOther Magazine, Dazed Magazine, Document Journal, The Guardian, The FADER

Selected Clients

Comme des Garçons, Calvin Klein, Prada, Gucci, Uniqlo, Apple, Mercedes Benz, Loewe, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha, Moncler, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Converse, Nike, Adidas, Ray-Ban