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Atlanta photographer behind Beyoncé’s Vogue issue is magazine’s first black cover photographer

Meet 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell of Atlanta

Pop star extraordinaire Beyonce will have unprecedented control over the September issue of high-fashion magazine Vogue, the Huffington Post reported last week.

» RELATED: Beyonce talks body image, relationships, representation in Vogue September issue

And the photographer and filmmaker behind the magic, 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell of Atlanta, will become the first black photographer to shoot a cover in Vogue’s 126-year history.

According to his bio page, Mitchell “got his start making skate videos and taking pictures of music, fashion and youth culture in Atlanta and NYC.”

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The NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate has captured iconic photos of Teen Vogue’s March for Our Lives feature, has photographed iconic school shooting survivors for the #NeverAgain project on young gun control advocates and is best known for his self-published Cuban photography collection, “El Paquete.”

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Mitchell and his 2015 book were featured in the New York Times’ “Up Next” series in December.

“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” Mitchell told the Times. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”

Mitchell’s Instagram page, which boasts a nearly 70,000 follower count (growing by the hour) showcases many of his creative and raw depictions.

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The photographer has also had his share of experience in the world of fashion, and has previously produced projects for big-name brands including Ray-Ban, Marc Jacobs and American Eagle.

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The 2018 September issue of Vogue is slated to be the magazine’s “largest and most-scrutinized annual edition,” the Atlantic reported, addressing rumors that it may also be the final September issue of editor Anna Wintour’s 30-year tenure.

About the Author

Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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