Fashion photography is an eccentric form of art that sometimes gets overlooked. It surfaces a vision of fashion that can only be captured by the person behind the lens. Nowadays, the way we see the fashion world is simply through a photograph. Being able to capture the essence and inspiration behind fashion is a true talent that encompasses a genuine passion for the industry.
Examining fashion photography as strictly advertisement is wrong. Fashion photography upholds so many different responsibilities and visionaries that bring the entire look together, and every photographer uses their approach to create a vision.
These photographers are not only capturing alluring photographs to embody fashion but are making a statement beyond the camera as well.
In 2018, Tyler Mitchell made history by becoming the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for American Vogue, photographing Beyonce, and becoming the youngest Vogue photographer. Since then, Tyler has photographed celebrities including Zendaya, Harry Styles, and Vice President Kamala Harris. Mitchell used Instagram as the main tool to showcase his photography, which eventually landed him many opportunities with some of the industry’s most renowned brands.
Photos: Tyler Mitchell Instagram
Tyler strives to create a collection of images where black people are shown in the light of expressiveness and freedom. In his recently published book “I Can Make You Feel Good,” Tyler says, “I aim to visualize what a Black utopia looks like or could look like.”
Originally taking flight in the modeling industry, Ethan James Green quickly turned to bring life to fashion photography. Green focuses a lot of his photography on the queer community, allowing individuals to be shown in a greater light.
Green dabbles between fashion and portraiture photography, working with talents such as Gigi Hadid and Rihanna. Green’s photographs truly capture the individuality and uniqueness behind each outfit, face and story.
Renell’s photographs hold a vulnerable and personal style behind them. Born and raised in the Bronx, she is inspired by her surrounding culture. Renell’s work embodies a message that you can find beauty in just about anything. She pushes for inclusivity and a deeper appreciation for one’s self in the images she captures. Every click of the button has a meaning, worth, and a distinctness behind it. Renell has photographed for GQ, Porter, Vogue Mexico and more.
Photos: Renell Medrano Instagram
Although showcased for many years in the industry, Glen Luchford’s photographs will always define fashion photography. Luchford has worked for fashion leading magazines, including Vogue and Vanity Affair. He has also shot campaigns with Calvin Klein, Prada and stunned the industry with his most popular Gucci campaign.
Photos: Glen Luchford Instagram
No matter how many years go by, Luchford’s name will always be implemented in the world of fashion photography for his stand-out and memorable images in the fashion industry.