BY Dollita Okine, 4:45pm March 25, 2024,

Meet Blair Caldwell, the photographer behind Beyonce’s new ‘Cowboy Carter’ album cover

Tyler native Blair Caldwell is receiving recognition for his outstanding work on Beyonce's "Act II: Cowboy Carter" album cover. Photo Credit: Instagram, Blair Caldwell

Blair Caldwell is receiving recognition for his outstanding work on Beyoncé’s “Act II: Cowboy Carter” album cover.

Tyler shared his journey and excitement on Instagram, saying, “Mannnn I just woke up and I’m pretty numb, I can’t believe my eyes or I’m even typing this, I’ve waited my whole career for this moment and it’s finally here!! wowwww thank you @beyonce & @parkwood , @lens_face for making this possible, this means more than anything, never stop dreaming no matter how long it takes or what you face in life, Most importantly I thank God (Jesus) he has brought me through so much and been there every step of the way, I moved to LA from Tyler,Tx 10 years ago, yo I can’t even keep typing I’ll be back with more!”

Caldwell’s skill knows no limitations, according to his Parkwood Entertainment biography, and his career exemplifies his perseverance, faith, and self-belief.

It read, “He is a force to be reckoned with, weaving his artistry through images that capture the essence of the extraordinary. Blair is on his inspiring quest as he continues to ignite the world with his artistry, one captivating photograph at a time. Armed with his camera, he has had the privilege of capturing the essence of renowned artists, from the incomparable Beyoncé to the trendsetting Kylie Jenner, the charismatic Michael B. Jordan, and the soulfully talented SZA. Blair’s lens has immortalized the moments that resonate with us,” according to CBS19.

According to Because of Them We Can, Caldwell was born and raised in Tyler, Texas, and began photography in his junior year of high school, motivated by his fascination with music videos, magazines, album covers, and award shows, as well as his desire to contribute his vision to that world.

After moving to Los Angeles, he was surrounded by a thriving creative scene with numerous chances that completely altered the course of his career especially when he realized that taking pictures of Black women was his niche.

From his first famous client, R&B singer Chrisette Michele, to his meetings with Beyoncé and Taraji P. Henson, Caldwell’s portfolio features an amazing selection of pictures that perfectly capture the personality and spirit of his subjects.

In a 2021 interview with CR Fashion Book, Caldwell shared his incredible first experiences working with Beyoncé and recalled the exhilarating and nerve-wracking times he had behind the camera, saying, “I thought I was going to be surrounded by security… but it was super laid back.”

His multi-year partnership with Beyoncé demonstrates his skill and ability to capture the soul of his subjects with honesty.

The Tyler ISD Foundation commended Caldwell, an alumni, on being the incredible photographer behind Beyoncé’s latest endeavor.

Caldwell has taken pictures of several famous people, such as Normani, Kylie Jenner, and others.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: March 25, 2024


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