Tyler Mitchell is the 23-year-old photographer who captured the sexy snapshots for the cover and accompanying spread, making history as the first Black photographer to score the coveted gig. Now, he’s taking us behind the scenes in a film he directed during the shoot.
In it, we see Beyonce checking out polaroids and dancing her way through the shoot and even get a glimpse of the twins, Rumi and Sir as well as six-year-old, Blue Ivy.
“My mother taught me the importance not just of being seen but of seeing myself. As the mother of two girls, it’s important to me that they see themselves too—in books, films, and on runways. It’s important to me that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives—that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling” she said.
The gorgeous video is set to Curtis Mayfield’s classic, “The Makings of You”.
Check it out:
He spoke out and shut down those rumors and affirmed that it was actually VOGUE who recruited him. Specifically, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour and Condé Nast’s Corporate Creative Director, Raul Martinez.
“An article from @BoF explaining the leaks and rumors around our shoot. The truth is Raul Martinez and Anna Wintour proposed and hired me for the Vogue shoot and Beyoncé quickly agreed,” he posted on Tuesday along with a link to BoF.
An article from @BoF explaining the leaks and rumors around our shoot.
The truth is Raul Martinez and Anna Wintour proposed and hired me for the Vogue shoot and Beyoncé quickly agreed.https://t.co/KOQx7SgebS
— Tyler Mitchell (@Tyler_Mitchell_) August 6, 2018
“The concept and the photographer was entirely Vogue’s, specifically Raul’s,” Wintour told BoF. She also suggested the “unprecedented creative control” was a stretch and that the feature was a collaboration between the magazine and Queen Bey.
Martinez says he first noticed Mitchell’s work in Teen Vogue digital cover in March and Beyonce “immediately approved” his name from the suggested list. She was reportedly aware of the photos he previously snapped of Solange.