Remember last year when photographer Tyler Mitchell made history when he became the first African American to shoot the cover of Vogue Magazine? He killed the photoshoot as he captured some amazing photos of Beyoncé for her cover story.
Now one of his photos of Queen Bey will be added to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.
According to CNN, Tyler announced the amazing news about the portrait on Tuesday and said; “A year ago today we broke the flood gates open. Now I’m glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.”
The National Portrait Gallery confirmed that they have acquired the photo, although it has not been announced when it will be on display for the public to see.
Leslie Ureña, the Associate Curator of Photographs for Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery said to CNN, “We are delighted to acquire this magnificent portrait of Beyoncé.”
A year ago today we broke the flood gates open
Now I’m glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection pic.twitter.com/T97rHU9u8J
— Tyler Mitchell (@Tyler_Mitchell_) August 6, 2019
Our mission is to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape this nation's history, development, and culture. We are happy to work with Tyler to acquire his photograph of Beyoncé Knowles into the Portrait Gallery's collection. https://t.co/4wXp0CReOS
— National Portrait Gallery (@smithsoniannpg) August 6, 2019