Photographer Tyler Mitchell on Representation in Art and Fashion

Ugbad Abdi photographed by Tyler Mitchell. Styling by Robbie Spencer.

Widely known as the first Black American photographer to shoot a Vogue cover, Tyler Mitchell is considered a rising star in the world of photography. In 2019, he spoke with Ashleigh Kane of AnOther Magazine about his first solo exhibition, the importance of representation in fashion and art, and how he creates deeper narratives within his photographs.

"There’s a backstory to each picture – it can’t really be any other way. I’m aware of a certain humanity and sensitivity and companionship when I’m making images. And I’m very open and collaborative, I like for my subjects to help me in making the portrait of them." - Tyler Mitchell