"There is something about being based in reality that works for me. I’m not into imposing a far-fetched vision, or some gimmick photography with a gelled-out world with disco balls, Ferraris and unicorns. I am a classic portrait photographer who wants to attach to someone’s heart and soul in that moment as well as make them look as incredible as they can look."
Our friends over at Noisey just released an interview with Jonathan. Check the article by clicking here.
Earlier this week marked the tenth anniversary of Jay-Z’s “The Black Album.” As part of a celebration of the album, Revolt TV will release a series of exclusive interviews with those individuals who directly, or indirectly, contributed to the album’s release.Head over to Revolt to see Jonathan, Pharrell, Timbaland, Irv Gotti, 9th Wonder, and other hip-hop heavyweights share their stories. The series premieres online Monday, November 18th, at RevoltTV.com
Jonathan had the pleasure of being interviewed for Life + Times a few weeks ago, and in this article, Jonathan discusses his career, the soon-to-be closing of his studio space, and his love of Polaroid 665 film. Read the article by clicking here.
"SLAM was allowing the world to see deeper into the personality of these major, major talents and not just as stiffs who are smiling, sterile, holding the basketball under their left arm in a grade school basketball pose. They got to really be themselves and wear all their jewelry and show off their tattoos with their shirt off with a What Would Jesus Do arm band and crazy diamond earrings. They got to be themselves and flaunt a little bit as individuals."
Back in June, SLAM Online sat down with Jonathan to discuss his relationship with, and contributions to, the legendary basketball publication. In this interview, Jonathan reflects on his experiences shooting LeBron James, Stephon Marbury, Ron Artest, and Kevin Garnett. Click here to see the article and an exclusive gallery of Jonathan’s work for the magazine.
The mighty MOS DEF enlarged contact sheet is now available!! Leading up to the relaunch of JONATHANMANNION.com, I have been printing 20x24 enlarged contact sheets for everyone to enjoy & to encourage people to start collecting art that moves them! This cover shoot was for The Fader's Spring 2000 issue 3 (Beck & D'Angelo is the opposite cover shot by me as well) in the Dekalb Ave subway station; it was a truly stand out moment from the shoot. The sun set on us too soon & we had to find some natural light on the fly. We achieved a moment that is one of my favorite of all times. Yasiin and I have always had incredible photo shoots over the years, he is simply masterful on the microphone & stage, but more than that a generous soul, he is someone who I truly admire! This moment of freedom really says it all! He is so quick to laugh, inspire and connect with the people around him & I treasure the images that we have created together. To get yours send an email to email@example.com. It’s less than a pair of Jordan’s that you know will get ruined in the club in a month or so! Own a piece of hip hop history!! $300. Signed. Open edition. Bless!
Keep your eyes peeled for the premiere of EsquireTV’s “How I Rock It” series hosted by Baron Davis. The first episode features Jonathan Mannion, Theophilus London, and many other contemporary tastemakers. The first episode goes live November 20th at 10PM EST/9PM CST.
Enlarged contact sheets of Notorious B.I.G at the Palladium are now available for sale. This edition, which measures 20” x 24”, is an enlargement of Jonathan’s original contact sheet from Biggie’s 1995 Platinum Party. Own a piece of hip-hop history for the low price of $300!
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Any chance you'll publish a photo book? Dig your work, would definitely buy.
That is definitely coming soon my friend. In the meantime, we’re launching a store on jonathanmannion.com to hold you over. Exclusive items, clothing & prints will be available in the coming weeks. Thanks for your support.
Jonathan recently sat down with Complex Magazine to talk about his experiences shooting Danny Brown in Brown’s hometown of Detroit. In this short piece, Jonathan shares images from his trip and offers some insights about Danny, Detroit, and his own creative process.
Jonathan traveled to Detroit in August to document Danny Brown speaking about his experiences growing up in The D. Produced for Complex TV’s original series, “The Neighborhood,” this short video explores the places, people, and events that shaped Danny Brown as a youth, and how these elements were integral in the development of Danny’s creative identity.
Jonathan had the pleasure of joining forces with the Bushmills family for another incredible series in the SINCE WAY BACK program. Featuring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and friends. The day was spent enjoying great company and whiskey. To check out the groovy behind the scenes video hit the image.