Tyler Mitchell’s candy-coloured black utopia

Written by Adam Bryce

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In his first published monograph, Tyler Mitchell, one of America’s most distinguished photographers, imagines what a black utopia could look like.

I Can Make You Feel Good might well be the most important book of 2020, for anyone interested in contemporary culture. Tyler Mitchell launched onto the scene less than two years ago when, at the ripe age of just 23 years old, he became the first black photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue magazine.

With this deserved accolade in his pocket, Mitchell became an icon for change in the photography industry, highlighting its systemic racism and lack of diversity. 

The 206-page book expands upon Mitchell’s body of photography and film from his solo exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York.

“I would often come across images of sensual, young, attractive white models running around being free and having so much fun… I seldom saw the same for black people in images. My work comes from a place of wanting to push back against this lack. I feel an urgency to create a body of images where black people are visualised as free, expressive, effortless and sensual.” — Tyler Mitchell

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