Tyler Mitchell’s First Solo Exhibt Conveys a Portrait of Black Joy

Tyler Mitchell first got his big time time when he was hired as the first Black photographer to shoot for the illustrious VOGUE cover magazine. He was also the youngest pgotographer to shoot for Vogue. His first cover shoot was for Beyoncé (one of the biggest celebrities now) and it was for VOGUE’s September issue, which is a big time issue for the magazine company.

His first solo exhibit is called ” I Can Make you Feel Good”. It will be opening April 19 – June 5 at Foam in Amsterdam. With selections of personal and also commisoned work, the exibit exullerates the young Black mans life proclaim tenderness.

Mitchell was inspired by the work of photographers Ryan McGinely and Larry Clark. But Tyler noticed a lack of color in the photographers photos. “I would very often come across sensual, young, attractive white models running around being free and having so much fun,” Mitchell said in a press release. “I very seldom saw the same for black people in images—or at least of the work I knew of then.”

Diversity is an everyday poblem in the world we live in. People of color are sometimes or never represented in society. Especially in photos as the ones Tyler is depicting in his exihbit. Its amazing to see the young Photographer do something about the problem of diversity in photos and make his own version of people of color having fun and being at freewill in his exhibt.

Tyler captures his black models in gardens, parks, and studios looking free, expressive, and distinctive. They’re also looking effortlessly beautfiul in they’re bright clothing and monotone looks. This exhibt is alluring the black joy and black beauty that is lacking in the industry.

“I want to open the eyes of the kids younger than me, show them that they can do this too,” he told Vogue.

I can’t wait to see this young black photographer grow into something greater than what he already is


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