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Alum Makes History by Photographing Vogue Cover

Tyler Mitchell '13 made history this month when he photographed Beyoncé for the cover of Vogue magazine.

Tyler is the first African-American photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue in the publication's 125-year history. Beyoncé selected Tyler—whom she called "brilliant"—to photograph her for the magazine's September issue, which is historically the most important issue of the year.

"You’d imagine someone as famous as Beyoncé to be protective of her image, but she was really an open book—and that’s exactly what you want as a photographer," he told Vogue.

Prior to the Vogue photo shoot, Tyler had completed projects for Teen Vogue, Marc Jacobs, and American Eagle.

During Tyler's time at Westminster, he won the 2013 Visual Arts Award his senior year and worked closely with Ben Steele, Westminster's visual arts department chair, to pursue his passion of photography and videography. Tyler graduated from New York University's Tisch School of Arts at and was featured earlier this year in the New York Times' style column in the "Up Next" section.


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