Kamala Harris became the latest Vogue cover star to be shot by photographer Tyler Mitchell. Read on to find out more about the influential fashion photographer.

The cover in question is the February issue of Vogue US, of which Kamala Harris graces the front page of. In none other than a pant suit, the Vice President-elect poses for a photoshoot by esteemed photographer Tyler Mitchell.

Sharing the images to his Instagram, he captioned it: “Madam Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris by me and the team for the cover of American Vogue February issue.”

Kamala Harris’ cover has received both compliments and criticism, with some Vogue fans feeling the cover didn’t reach its full potential.

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Who is Tyler Mitchell?

25-year-old Tyler Mitchell is known photographer within the fashion world, having produced work for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Marc Jacobs and Givenchy.

On Instagram he uses the handle @tylersphotos, where he has over 400,000 followers. Tyler attended the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated in 2017.

The first camera he created work with was a Canon digital S.L.R and he actually began his career by making videos over the photography he is now recognised for. His first break was shooting the music videos for indie rapper Kevin Abstract while he was still in high school.

One feature you may recognise from his Kamala Harris cover is the draped fabric used for a background, which is a trademark of Tyler Mitchell’s photography. For the most part, his work aims to capture black masculinity and what he describes as, “black utopia”.

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His work with Vogue

Tyler’s collaboration with Vogue didn’t begin with Kamala Harris, and in 2018 he became the first black photographer to shoot a cover of US Vogue with his Beyoncé cover that took over social media.

You also may recognise his work for the Harry Styles cover of Vogue in 2020, which he also shot. The cover set social media alight after it featured Harry is a dress.

But his work with the media giant pre-dated even his Beyoncé cover, as Tyler Mitchell worked with Teen Vogue to document teen gun control activists for the magazine’s digital issue.