Beyonce’ and her Photographer Make Vogue History

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What were you doing when you were 23 years old? Were you photographing a world-renowned celebrity for the cover of a fashion magazine? No? Well grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair, we want to introduce you to Tyler Mitchell who photographed Beyonce’ for Vogue’s September issue.

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photographed by Tyler Mitchell

Tyler Mitchell is making headlines not only because he’s just 23 years old, but he’s also the first African American to photograph the cover for American Vogue. To put it in perspective,  Vogue has been in publication for 125 years.  Vogue and Beyonce’ hand-picked Tyler for her September cover portrait shoot for Vogue.  So who is he and where does he come from?

According to his website, he was born in Atlanta and is now based in New York City. His love for photography started when he making skate videos.  He received his B.F.A in film and television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

According to Vogue,  Mitchell shot Beyoncé just outside London amid the faded glamour of a dilapidated English country house. “When she sat down for me there was immediately the kind of comfort level you’d have with a friend, which was quite unexpected,” he says. “You’d imagine someone as famous as Beyoncé to be protective of her image, but she was really an open book—and that’s exactly what you want as a photographer.”

His work has been published in Teen Vogue, i-D Magazine, Dazed, Vogue US, Office Magazine,  Candy Magazine and The FADER. His clients include Mercedes Benz, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Converse, Nike and Ray-Ban.

If you would like to read more about Tyler, check out his interview with Vogue HERE. If you would like to see more of his work, you can either check out his website HERE , or just be a fan and be one of the 111,000 Instagram followers that enjoy his work HERE.