Mariah Tyler is a Brooklyn-based photographer. Originally from Dallas, Mariah studied Cultural Anthropology and Photography at the University of North Texas. In 2014, Mariah was awarded the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund grant from the Dallas Museum of Art, followed by an Editorial Work Scholarship with Aperture Foundation in New York City. Her work investigates the ideas of intersectional identity within hip hop culture and the everyday of American streets. From 9 to 5, Mariah works at Travel+Leisure as an online photo editor.
Between 2012 and 2014, I photographed the youth subculture of Dallas rappers, DJs, friends and fans partying together, putting on shows, creating their own hip hop community as it was gaining momentum and notoriety throughout the North Texas area. During this time, the youth in this scene were abiding by their own rules, creating parties and performance spaces while spreading the word through social media platforms. Being able to document and be a part of this community contributes to the larger narrative of hip hop, its evolution and how it impacts youth culture. This work will be self-published as a book in the coming months.
As a photographer, I utilize street photography as an exercise in socio-cultural anthropology to visually observe and participate in defining American experiences.
To view more of Mariah’s work, please visit her website.