A feel-good road trip to Tyler Mitchell
UPDATE: SIGNED COPIES ARE SOLD OUT
UPDATE: SIGNED COPIES ARE SOLD OUT
This August, publisher Prestell released the debut monograph of Tyler Mitchell, one of photography’s fastest rising stars. At MENDO, we’re enthusiastic about Mitchell’s work, and therefore we made plans to organize a Tyler-Mitchell-at-MENDO weekend—including a talk, a dinner and a signing session—in our new store at De L’Europe. Unfortunately, recent COVID-19 developments made us decide to postpone these events to a more safe and suitable moment in the near future.
However, we did not want to let the release of this book just pass us by. The moment the books arrived at MENDO, we stuffed them into a car, and immediately drove all the way to France—where Tyler currently is—to meet him in person and to have him sign a bunch of books for MENDO exclusively.
And so you can now get your hands on a signed copy of the debut book of one of the most sought-after photographers of this moment. Please note that availability is limited. UPDATE: SIGNED COPIES ARE SOLD OUT.
About Tyler Mitchell
Mitchell grew up in Marietta, Georgia. In ninth grade, he purchased a Canon camera and taught himself how to make skateboarding videos. He was inspired by Spike Jonze to learn how to make videos and learned how to edit through YouTube tutorials.
In 2015, Mitchell created and published his first book at the age of 20 after visiting Havana, Cuba on a six-week photography program. While he was there he documented skateboarding life and the architecture in Havana and turned it into a 108 page book called “El Paquete”. He went on to attend New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied cinematography in film and television. While at Tisch, he studied under Deborah Willis, and graduated in 2017.
Before photographing Beyoncé for the cover of American Vogue’s September 2018 issue at the age of 23, he got a lot of experience making and editing short films at home and also shot music videos for rapper Kevin Abstract during his freshman year of college. Additionally, before the Vogue cover, Mitchell worked with Teen Vogue to document and photograph teen gun control activists for the magazine’s digital issue. A couple months later, when Mitchell shot for the cover of Vogue, he became the first African-American to photograph for the magazine’s cover and also one of the youngest photographers to do so, ever. In 2019, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery acquired one of the portraits of Beyoncé by Mitchell for their permanent collection.
‘Mitchell has been praised for documenting nuanced expressions of black life.’
Mitchell has also shot for companies like Marc Jacobs, JW Anderson, Converse, Nike, and Givenchy. His work includes fashion photography, artistic photography, and film projects, which include autobiographical topics and themes of identity. In 2019, Mitchell had his first solo exhibition at the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam called ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ which included video works, photographs, and installations.
Mitchell has been praised for documenting nuanced expressions of black life, which he has referred to as a “Black utopic vision”. His exhibition, ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, features photographs of black people enjoying daily life, predominantly outdoors, which the New York Times asserts “challenges the art historical renderings of leisure time as the purview of the white gentry.” He explores cultural reclamation in his professional work as fashion photographer. Mitchell cites Ryan McGinley and Larry Clark as early influences. His work has also been contextualized in reference to artists Kehinde Wiley, Jamel Shabazz, Nadine Ijewere, Dana Scruggs, and Campbell Addy.
I Can Make You Feel Good
In his debut monograph Mitchell unifies his body of photography and film from his first US solo exhibition at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. Each page of Tyler Mitchell’s debut monograph is full bleed and bathed in Mitchell’s signature candy-colored palette. A celebration of the photographer’s distinctive vision of Black utopia.
UPDATE: SIGNED COPIES ARE SOLD OUT
Thursday's signing session with Dana Lixenberg is cancelled for the obvious reasons. However, you can purchase signed copies of Dana Lixenberg's books online.
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