Brooklyn-based Tyler Mitchell emerged into the limelight as the primary black photographer to shoot an American Vogue cowl. He has since been diligently compiling photographs for his ebook I Can Make You Really feel Good.
Launched in July, Mitchell’s 206-page monograph constructs a imaginative and prescient of black utopia, the place fashions are bathed in daylight and transfer freely. His images are peaceable however playful, pastoral of their gentleness however inevitably political on the web page.
2020 has borne witness to profound racial injustice but in addition to resistance and hope, a backdrop towards which Mitchell’s work feels completely timed. In his images boys hula-hoop and picnic, sleep within the grass and fly kites; women adorn their pure hair with flowers and skate with linked arms.
Mitchell’s colors are sensible within the midsummer gentle, casting golden hues on brown pores and skin and elevating reds to our consideration towards luscious grass. His consideration to textures, too, is skillful, because the sweaters of his topics crease into folds of sunshine and shadow. His attentive pairings of denim and plastic with cotton and foliage allude to his work as a vogue photographer, by which Mitchell explores the physique and different, much less tactile, themes.
Optimism and group are resplendent all through I Can Make You Really feel Good, which allows leisure and freedom to our bodies which might be too typically denied each. Mitchell’s images are the balm that soothes. Via his debut monograph he does, certainly, make us really feel good.
I Can Make You Really feel Good is out there now.