Tyler Mitchell


Photographer & Director

Tyler Mitchell (b.1995, Atlanta GA) is a photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, working across many genres to explore and document a new aesthetic of blackness. Mitchell is regularly published in avant-garde magazines and commissioned by prominent fashion houses.

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. In 2019 Mitchell’s portrait from this series was acquired by The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery for its permanent collection. His first solo presentation I Can Make You Feel Good at Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (2019) premiered video works including Idyllic Space. Following its huge success in Amsterdam, I Can Make You Feel Good was developed to include new work, across different mediums, to further enhance the immersive experience, and was exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York until May 18th 2020. Mitchell’s latest exhibition ‘Dreaming in Real Time’ is opening at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York on September 9th this year.

Mitchell has lectured at Harvard University and the International Center of Photography, New York, on the politics of image making.

Recent Editorial

i-D Magazine

Precious Lee

WSJ Magazine

Michaela Coel

American Vogue

Harry Styles

Vanity Fair

Becoming AOC

i-D Magazine

Motherlan

American Vogue

Fancy That

i-D Magazine

Teen Dreams and Prom Queens

AnOther Magazine

A Courtly Dance in Triple Metre

Recent Covers

Recent Advertising

JW Anderson SS20

Loewe SS20 Men's Publication

Loewe FW19 Men's Publication

Moncler x Simone Rocha SS19

Recent Projects

'I Can Make You Feel Good'

In April 2019 Mitchell had his first ever solo exhibition at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. The show, titled I Can Make You Feel Good, included a selection of commissioned and personal photographic works and debuted two installation video works, Chasing Pink, Found Red and Idyllic Space.

The exhibition traveled to The International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York in January 2020. The presentation at ICP was expanded to include new photographic works including a photo based installation titled Laundry Line which featured Mitchell’s images dye-sublimated onto a variety of quotidian fabrics.

Renowned art book publishers Prestel published an eponymous 206-page monograph in conjunction with the show at ICP with contributions from Hans Ulrich Obrist, Deborah Willis and other celebrated figures in the art world. The book is now in its second printing.

Zeit Magazin

Following the exhibition at FOAM, Zeit Magazin invited Mitchell to do a takeover of the 2019 edition of their annual photography special issue.

In addition to curating a 30+ page spread of work and a conversation with Zeit editor-in-chief Christoph Amend, Mitchell asked that the magazine run a feature on a photography pioneer and inspiration of Mitchell’s, Roy DeCarava.

Comme des Garçons Copper Fragrance

A multifaceted, sensorial campaign conceptualised, photographed and directed by Tyler Mitchell for Comme des Garçon’s ‘Copper’ fragrance. Using oxidised textures and abstract limbs, Mitchell creates a visual allegory for black celebration, a common theme running throughout his work.

I wanted to visually link the idea of copper — a material typically perceived to be cheaper than gold — to the idea of black and brown skin and richness as a way of elevating the two.

-Tyler Mitchell