What You Don't Know About Beyoncé's 23-Year-Old Vogue Photographer

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Tyler Mitchell/Vogue

By now you've probably seen Beyoncé's epic new Vogue September issue. While the interview offers plenty of enticing soundbites—"I've been through hell and back, and I'm grateful for every scar," she told the magazine—there's a second story that's just as compelling as Beyoncé's: that of 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell.

With his new Beyoncé spread, Mitchell has officially become the first African American photographer to shoot a Vogue cover. (All together now: What took so long?) He's also one of the youngest: You have to go back to 1960s lensman David Bailey to find someone who was also 23 when he scored the gig.