It took Vogue 126 yrs to have a black photographer shoot to the cover, here’s the artist
blazing the trail.
Image: Tyler Mitchell, Vogue 2018 September Issue
Beyonce is featured on the cover of the September issue of Vogue. What’s most significant about this is that she used her power and influence as pop culture royalty to gain full control over its artistic direction and thus hand selected the photographer she wanted to bring her vision to life, Tyler Mitchell. Not only will this make him the first black photographer to ever shoot the cover of Vogue, but it will peak his career internationally as also one of the youngest
photographers killing it in the game.
So what’s his deal?
Straight out of Atlanta, this incredible photographer and creative has truly done the most for only being 23 years old. His work first got recognition in Cuba for capturing Cuban skate culture and architecture which he later turned into a self-published book of photos called Paquete.
He’s done a wide array of projects that portrayed celebrities or brands in beautifully honest human ways while artistically incorporating confident activism. For instance, he shot Teen Vogue’s March for our Lives, where he photographed the inspiring survivors of the Parkland
shooting and leaders of the #NeverAgain gun control movement.
Did Beyonce choose wisely? While it’s possible she has reached a point in her stardom where she can do no wrong, her decision to bring Tyler Mitchell into the spotlight is definitely a well-respected one. Not just because it helped another talented young black artist become a trailblazer within the industry but also because he quite simply slayed it and made it one of themost captivating covers in Vogue’s 126-year history. See for yourself.