Finally, Tyler Mitchell
The powerful rise of a photographer
The photographer, 23 year old Tyler Mitchell, made history by shooting Beyonce for Vogue’s September cover. It is a groundbreaking achievement for an incredibly talented, young artist. Beyonce’s magical and powerful hand made it happen. She had negotiated creative control for the shoot from Vogue and risked a lot to be inclusive. Tyler delivered an odd, off balance and wonderfully strong portrait.
African American photographers have been set free in a way. It’s about time. Only it feels about 100 years late. There have been talented black photographers working for years and most of them unrecognized and under appreciated. One can imagine the results if Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, or Deborah Willis had been given the opportunity to shoot the cover of Vogue. How exciting those images would have been. We have missed so much creativity because of racist invisible and unspoken rules.
Here at last, we are being exposed to new talent from a forbidden pool and we are so impressed with Tyler Mitchell’s masterful images on his well created Instagram page and elsewhere. He is visually astutely aware and an instinctual weaver of color, light and texture as his lens captures the faces of a new humanness. To see more of Tyler’s photos, check out his amazing Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/tylersphotos/?hl=en