Tyler Mitchell: The cultural influencer creating cinematic photography
By Shanu Walpita

Snapping photos on a budget and creating shots that feel distinctly nostalgic, WGSN’s Shanu Walpita reports on this young, rising tastemaker

Dec 31, 2015
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In the age of Instagram apps that brighten and edit pictures, together with the plethora of online after effects editing programmes, you could say that anyone could create a nice photo now, because digital has made it easy.

But to counter that idea, a young, dynamic group of influencers are shunning the over saturated sea of hyper-digi imagery, for a cinematic take on image taking and making.

One of the most notable young influencers is photographer Tyler Mitchell.

While the 20-year-old uses his Instagram to promote his work, it is his classic, reportage style photos that stand out.

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In fact his coverage of Cuba and its growing skate subculture features as his most recent subject matter, presented in a cohesively curated book titled El Paquete.

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Sun-bleached colours, tropical saturation and energetic street imagery fill the pages of his self-published book and Instagram account.

His images stand out, and the fact that he picked such an interesting topic speaks volumes. His Havana portraits come at a time when the US and Cuban ties continue to be restored, but before the huge tourism boom, it’s a wonderful time to capture the magic of the city on the cusp of change.

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