Tyler Mitchell, Untitled, Two Girls Embrace (Detail), 2018. Courtesy the artists and Foam Amsterdam.
This spring, Foam presents I Can Make You Feel Good, photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell’s (1995, US) first solo exhibition. Alongside a selection of images from the artist’s personal and commissioned work, Foam is also premiering two of Mitchell’s video works: Idyllic Space and Chasing Pink, Found Red.
Tyler Mitchell’s work visualises a black utopia. Making use of candy colour palettes and natural light, Mitchell captures young black people in gardens, parks or in front of idyllic studio backdrops where they appear as free, expressive, effortless, sensitive and proud. He produces holistic imagery of individuals from his community and brings their humanity to the forefront.
In 2018, Mitchell wrote history with his photographs of Beyoncé gracing the cover of two different editions of American Vogue’s ‘September Issue’. Only 23 at the time, he became the first black photographer to make the cover in the 126-year existence of the prominent magazine. This along with many other accomplishments has made him one of the most closely watched up-and-coming talents in photography today.
As a teenager, Mitchell spent a lot of time on Tumblr, a social media platform utilised by young photographers as a space to share their work. It’s a period of time which would become heavily influential on his vision, as Mitchell explained, “I would very often come across sensual, young, attractive white models running around being free and having so much fun – the kind of stuff Larry Clark and Ryan McGinley would make. I very seldom saw the same for black people in images – or at least in the photography I knew of then.”
Tyler Mitchell is a photographer and filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His career started at an early age: filming skate videos and documenting the music, fashion and youth culture in Atlanta. In 2017, he graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film & Television. By this time, he had already published his first photobook El Paquete (2015), in which he captured the architecture and lively skateboard culture in Havana, Cuba. In his first years of college, he started making video clips for music acts and shot campaigns for Givenchy, American Eagle and Marc Jacobs, amongst others. In 2018, he made history when he photographed Beyoncé for the cover of the American Vogue’s September Issue. He has participated in various group exhibitions by Aperture Foundation, Red Hook Labs and Artsy. His work will also be shown in Foam Magazine #53: The Fashionable Issue, including an exclusive interview with the renowned curator and art critic Hans Ulrich Obrist (expected in April).