Beyonce is making Vogue hire their first black photographer for the upcoming September issue!
It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that in 126 years of existence, US Vogue has never had a black photographer do cover shoots for them because, just last year, Edward Enningful took his position as Editor of British Vogue making him the first black editor of the magazine!
The multiple award winner Singer/songwriter, who is the cover of Vogue magazine’s upcoming September issue, has been given control over the cover by the editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour. On account of this control, Beyonce hired a black photographer to shoot the cover.
The photos of her inside the magazine and the captions, which Beyoncé has written herself and are in long-form. The recipient of Beyonce’s interesting contract with Vogue is 23-year old Tyler Mitchell, a photographer from Atlanta.
The young photographer has shot covers for Fader and Office Magazine, and i-D, Dazed, celebrities like SZA, Naomi Campbell, Edward Enninful, and Solange Knowles all follow him on Instagram and he directed film projects for clients such as Marc Jacobs and Ray-Ban.
Tyler Mitchell began gaining attention for his work after publishing a book of photos, El Paquete, in 2015 as part of a documentary photography program according to The Times. Mitchell received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts.
He also photographed the Parkland shooting survivors for Teen Vogue’s ‘March for Our Lives feature’.
In an interview with The New York Times, he said “I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way, there is an honest gaze to my photos.”