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. 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 presentation 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 Fellowship, which supports a new project that reflects and draws inspiration from Parks’ central themes of representation and social justice.

Mitchell has lectured at a number of institutions on the politics of image making including Harvard University, NYU, Paris Photo and The International Center of Photography.

Recent Editorial

M Le Monde

Héroïnes Fantasy

i-D Magazine

Precious Lee

American Vogue

Harry Styles

Vanity Fair

Becoming AOC

i-D Magazine

Motherlan

American Vogue

Fancy That

i-D Magazine

Teen Dreams and Prom Queens

Recent Covers

Recent Advertising

Gucci Pineapple 2022

Adidas x Wales Bonner 2021

Adidas x Wales Bonner 2021

Loewe Fragrance

JW Anderson SS20

H&M x Simone Rocha 2021

H&M x Simone Rocha 2021

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

 

Click here to read more about the project.