Tyler Mitchell (b. 1995 Atlanta, GA; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is a photographer and filmmaker working across many genres to explore and document a new aesthetic of Blackness.
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 Mitchell held his first solo exhibition, I Can Make You Feel Good, at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam where he showed new photographic and video works including his film Idyllic Space. An iteration of the show traveled to the International Center of Photography in New York in 2020. Mitchell published an eponymous monograph with Prestel Random House in conjunction with the exhibition, further exploring his take on a Black visual utopia.
In 2020 Mitchell was announced as the recipient of the Gordon Parks Fellowship, which will support a new project that reflects and draws inspiration from Parks’ central themes of representation and social justice. Mitchell’s fellowship will culminate in an exhibition of the new works at the Gordon Parks Foundation Gallery in Pleasantville, NY.
Mitchell has lectured at a number of institutions on the politics of image making including Harvard University, Paris Photo and the International Center of Photography (ICP).
Selected publications include American Vogue, British Vogue, Teen Vogue, M Le Monde, i-D Magazine, AnOther Magazine, Dazed Magazine, Document Journal, The Guardian and The FADER
Selected clients include Comme des Garçons, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, Prada, Apple, Mercedes Benz, Loewe, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha x Moncler, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Converse, Nike and Ray-Ban
I Can Make You Feel Good, Prestel, 208 pages, Hardcover, July 28
El Paquete, Self Published, 108 pages, Softcover perfect bound
I Can Make You Feel Good Pt. 2, The International Center of Photography, New York, NY, Jan 25-May 18
I Can Make You Feel Good, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, April 19-June 5
The Way We Live Now, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY (Curated by Siobhán Bohnaker, Brendan Embser, Marvin Orellana, and Antwaun Sargent)
Labs New Artists II, Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, NY
The Artsy Vanguard, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY
Lectures & Panels
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
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
Dialogues: Tyler Mitchell and Antwaun Sargent, David Zwirner Podcast with Lucas Zwirner, April 8
Tyler Mitchell, From Skateboarding to Photographing Beyoncé, The Business of Fashion Podcast with Imran Amed, July 26