Photographer, Artist and Filmmaker
For so long, black people have been considered things. We’ve been thingified physically, sexually, emotionally. With my work I’m looking to revitalize and elevate the black body. When only 23, Tyler Mitchell photographed Beyoncé for the cover of Vogue’s iconic September issue, becoming the first black photographer to do so in the magazine’s 126-year history.…
For so long, black people have been considered things. We’ve been thingified physically, sexually, emotionally. With my work I’m looking to revitalize and elevate the black body.
When only 23, Tyler Mitchell photographed Beyoncé for the cover of Vogue’s iconic September issue, becoming the first black photographer to do so in the magazine’s 126-year history. He is also among the youngest photographers to have shot a Vogue cover. Mitchell can be found on the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, the Dazed 100, and the BoF 500 (Business of Fashion).
Idyllic Space is one of Mitchell’s video installations depicting young black people enjoying the simple pleasures of life – pleasures many take for granted, such as eating ice cream, hanging around the pool, and playing tag. Mitchell cites the 2014 killing of Tamir Rice – a 12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland police while playing outside with a toy pellet gun. Idyllic Space is a visual and urgent call-to-action.
In 2015, the Atlanta native self-published his first book, El Paquete, in which he documented architecture and skateboarding scenes in Havana. An alum of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Brooklyn-based influencer has shown in group exhibitions with Artsy, Red Hook Labs Gallery, and Aperture Foundation, and has worked with Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Converse, and Solange Knowles on photography and film projects.
With a commitment to reflect humanity, Mitchell is a captivating visual storyteller with a refreshing and original eye.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Tyler Mitchell Teaches Storytelling Through Portrait Photography
Tyler Mitchell on his journey from making skate videos to shooting Beyoncé for Vogue
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