Aspen Daily News: En Vogue
June 22, 2021
Photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell makes his way to Anderson Ranch this summer.
Brooklyn-based photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell was the first Black photographer (and one of the youngest at 23 years old) to shoot a cover of American Vogue. The subject? None other than Beyoncé. (One of the portraits from that series currently resides in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.). Several months ago, Mitchell also made headlines as the artist behind the much-buzzed-about Vogue cover of Vice President Kamala Harris.
Mitchell has come a long way since being a skater kid who discovered the power of imagery through filming his friends. Today he calls some of the world’s top fashion brands clients, including Prada, Nike and Calvin Klein. This spring Mitchell made the journey to Anderson Ranch to spend time as a Visiting Artist, and on July 22 he returns as part of the Ranch’s Summer Series: Featured Artists and Conversations, in which he will sit down with curator Helen Molesworth. The free and open-to-the-public event also has a virtual livestream option for those who can’t attend in person. We caught up with this barrier-breaking photographer to talk about how skateboarding changed his life and what it means to be a Black artist in 2021.