Jonathan Mannion

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Jonathan Mannion (born December 3, 1970) is a photographer and film director.[1] With English and American ancestry, he was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His father and mother are both well known Midwest artists.[vague] His mother is from London and his father from Brooklyn.[2]


Mannion studied at Kenyon College in Ohio graduating with honors. In 1996 he moved from Cleveland to New York City.

New York and Richard Avedon[edit]

Mannion worked for a year with photographer Richard Avedon [3] in his Manhattan studio. Avedon had always been a major influence to Mannion as a young art student. Mannion went on to work with photographers Ben Watts and Marc Hom.[citation needed]

Jay-Z, Hip Hop and Beyond[edit]

In 1996, Mannion was commissioned, in his first major record company contract, to take photos of Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z for Reasonable Doubt.[4][5][6][7] Mannion has gone on from that first assignment to photograph ten years of hip hop performers: Aaliyah, Eminem, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne and others.[8]

Mannion versus Coors Brewing Company[edit]

In Mannion versus Coors Brewing Company Mannion sued Coors for their unlicensed use of his photograph in one of their advertisements.[9][10][11]

Album photography by Mannion[edit]


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