The name Jonathan Mannion has nearly become a household name in the world of hip hop and urban culture, as he has built a reputation for himself as one of the most influential photographers known to the genre. Having photographed some of rap’s biggest names, his photography has become as famous as his subject’s have. During a solo exhibition at New York City’s MILK Gallery, in which Mannion displayed 60 of his favorite portraits, he too the time out to film a short documentary chronicling his rise to super-stardom. Have a look:
The 12-minute long video takes us along for the ride as Mannion shares and discusses some of the selected photographs, some of which were taken from his personal collection and have never before been seen. Even if you aren’t a fan of hip hop, Mannion’s skills as a photographer and artist are undeniably exceptional.
Mannion got his start as an assistant in New York City and his big break came when Jay-Z asked him to shoot the cover for his debut album in 1996. Since then, Mannion has gone on to photograph some of pop cultures biggest names including Lance Armstrong, Eminem, Lil Wayne, DMX, and countless other celebrities.
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