HI, MY NAME IS. Today’s Saturday 5x7 print for $50 is the magnificent Marshall Mathers. Link in bio. This lyrical genius took the music industry by storm and delivered an entirely new brand of Hip Hop that pushed the borders out allowing others to feel comfortable expanding their own creativity. He courageously allowed us in to some of the darker areas of his life, the imperfections, the experimentation, the vulnerabilities. He was unapologetic and, at the same time, technically brilliant. There is true power in this artist’s brave act. He has Stan level fans and the rest of the masses respect him immensely. He has served billions! Thank you @eminem for believing in my vision for #MarshallMathersLP #DevilsNight #TheEminemShow and other unforgettable sessions. I hope that one day our paths will cross again, Hershey Loc! (Inside joke) You are a special soul. 📷 Jonathan “Extra Gangsta” Mannion. Image originally created on an 8x10 Deardorff Field Camera.
👑 MAC 👑 ! Eleven years ago yesterday, August 9, 2008, the world became a little less funny with the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it, @berniemacofficial. I’m honored to have worked with this true king of comedy for @essence magazine and have the strongest set of memories of his spirit and laughter that absolutely filled the hotel suite on Park Avenue where our makeshift studio was. It was a moment I will never forget. I share it with you today. 📷 @jonathanmannion
HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPA. And for my third Saturday print sale, I bring you the incomparable André 3000. 5x7 print, $50. Link in bio!! This image was achieved in Atlanta, GA on August 28, 1998 for The Source magazine. Outkast is absolutely my favorite group of all time. They pushed the borders out to widen the range of Hip Hop with their Southernplayaliatic style! I remember this session like it was yesterday. This image is one of my favorites from the day and from my catalog. Today, put your best foot forward and take one step towards your goals!! 📷 @jonathanmannion / @andre3000
DRAFT DAY. This was the day after @champagnepapi signed his record deal. We we’re sitting at Newark waiting on a commercial flight back to Toronto so that he could celebrate with his family. This 3 day session was for the @thefader and was an incredible moment that I was privileged enough to document. My brother, congrats on a decade of dominating the airwaves! Oh, and thanks for the care package! 📷 @jonathanmannion
BIRTHDAY BABE! Sending you all the love in the world as you celebrate another trip around the sun, @babeonthegogo! What a joy it has been to share the incredible highs as well as the simple quiet times with you. It’s officially your earthstrong from the West to the East, time to party! May this year bring you all that your heart desires!! ♥️ 📷 @jonathanmannion
HONEY GOT ME HOOKED ON YOU. In celebration of the extraordinary @mslaurynhill, I’m giving my faithful followers a chance to own a small slice of history. $50 for a signed (on the back by me) 5x7 print for a limited time only in extremely limited quantities. Link in bio. Last week I gave you Lil Wayne, this week’s print retail therapy is Miss Hill. Enjoy! I’m going to do this every Saturday for the rest of the summer! This epic preview issue cover was done for Honey Magazine back in 1999 shortly after the release of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Big shout out to Joicelyn & Kierna for allowing me to bring this image to life! It has to be one of the most important images of my 25 year career. 📷 @jonathanmannion
YOU WANNA SIP MO’ ON MY LIVIN’ ROOM FLO’. The location was 72nd & Riverside where this moment took place. Brown Sugar had just been released and the masterful D’Angelo came by my apartment to drink some @moetusa and look at some contact sheets from a show of his that I photographed at the Supper Club in NYC. He crushed the performance solidifying that he was THEE one to watch. I was beyond honored to have this humble cover session with him that I achieved for Touch Magazine in the UK at the same time. I’m blessed to have these milestones to reminisce on and to share with the world today. What a phenomenal journey it has been! 📷 @jonathanmannion
SUMMER SUMMER SUMMERTIME. Time to sit back and unwind. Sending cool vibes to the masses today as the temperatures peak! The effortless beauty of Aaliyah is always in style! She brought elegance and class to the game. Miss her vibes. 📷 @jonathanmannion #aaliyahhaughton @aaliyahhaughton @aaliyahdanahaughton
ONE GIANT STEP FOR HUMANKIND. In celebration of 50 years since the USA put a Neil Armstrong on the moon, I wanted to mark the moment with an unparalleled gift for fans of hip hop and my work. This 5x7 print is $50 for a limited time... link in bio!!! This image, and this session, of @liltunechi was an incredible one in Miami on June 29, 2008. He had just won a ton of Grammys and was on a high. He somehow agreed to step into this spacesuit to grace the cover of @xxl. Big shout to @datwon and @runred who took the journey with me from NYC to LA to MIAMI to make this happen! 📷 @jonathanmannion
HE WORE THESE GLASSES SO HE COULD SEE. Big shout out to the incomparable @kingdmc on his collaboration with my brother, Corey @vintageframes. This is phenomenal and long overdue. Pictured are the originals, the ULTRA! Shot on 4x5, I wanted to bring out every detail! Salute to my guy, @armenexpo for the images of D. Turned out well, Sir!! Congrats to all involved!! 📷 @jonathanmannion
DISTINGUISHED. I can only pray to become this old and to amass major wisdom from a life well lived. I hope that I’m one of those fly dudes that still rocks the 7 @thecompound_ fitted, fly @nike gear and the @roger_dubuis watch to round out the look when I’m 88. I’m grateful for all my years! Didn’t want to miss the FaceApp moment despite the fact that everyone is over it. They already know everything about me so with a bit of luck this won’t backfire. Respect to all of the Old Farts out there still doing it!!!
BLESSED EARTHSTRONG BUJU. Sending all positive vibes to a true king, @bujuofficial. One of the most powerful voices in the history of music. It has been an honor and privilege to document some important moments of your beautiful journey. May your life continue to be filled with laughter. 📷 @jonathanmannion
THREE STACKS THROWBACK. Had the privilege of photographing the incredible @andre3000 at Stankonia Studio in Atlanta, GA. For special occasions (like shooting 3000 & the brilliant @bigboi of @outkast) I would pull out the Deardorff 8x10 camera, 1. because I loved the large format and 2. to honor my first boss, Richard Avedon. It was an honor to work under a true master of his art form and that phenomenal opportunity made me understand what passion looks like. Massive shout to the @avedonfoundation. What a beautiful journey it has been and continues to be. We’re just getting started! 📷 @jonathanmannion
HOLD YOUR GROUND. Sending blessings, strength and quick resolution to my brother @asaprocky. Keep the BS away from this kind soul.
REVENGE III. Strong squad right here. Congrats on the release of #rotd3, y’all. It was a privilege to create this image with you and an honor to be one of the 4 cameras allowed to document these inspiring sessions @treeleafmusic! Continued blessings! 📷 @Jonathanmannion. @dreamville @realcoleworld @earthgang @omen @arilennox @jidsv @lute_west9 @bas @cozz
ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE CAMERAS 📷 NONE. Congratulations to the entire @dreamville family on the Doc! In the last decade, I haven’t felt energy like that within a studio... the place was filled with creative magic. Honored to have made a quick cameo, but most of all to have documented the moment for the history books. Access is one of a photographer’s greatest gifts, without it, nothing happens. Thank you to @realcoleworld, @feltonamus, Adam and the whole squad for the invitation! Photo @anthony_supreme. Still owe you that group shot, Sir. 🔜
FOUR SEVEN. One of my favorite human beings on the planet, @leikeli47. A pure and good soul, through and through, I’m certain of this. Created this image for @apple a few months ago. What a joy! We created this image on the fly... playing around. Leikeli, imagine if we actually plotted out some magic?!! SOON COME 🔜!! 📷 @jonathanmannion
GOOD VIBRATIONS. “Kaleidoscope” by @kelis. Originally, as one shot for her album cover, I wanted to take her to some of the beautiful churches stained glass windows in Harlem, but she stated that she was more spiritual. Soooo, I decided to make HER the stained glass window. Thank you to the incredible @joannegair for helping to make my vision come to life. Kelis, keep it bawceyyyy! See you soon. 📷 @jonathanmannion
BE FABULOUS TODAY!! Sending all the joy to those celebrating #pride today, especially here in NYC!! Thank you to the entire #lgbtq community for the countless gifts that you share with the world! 🌈 Blessings to ALL! 📷 @jonathanmannion
MAJOR KEY(NOTE). Thrilled to be kicking off the Mana Photo x #WIP series at @manacontemporary this Saturday with some absolutely brilliant photographic voices curated by the incomparable @foxyzola. The event will feature work by @denislaner @magdabiernat @jameslattanziophotography @luisalbertorodriguezstudio @timothycharleslyons @keithsirchio @drlphotos @johnjohn.exe @dagarotype @colegiordano & @brianwinstonfraser. I’m honored to have been chosen to deliver the keynote speech and to share some insight about my work and journey. ▪️ Please come out to support this incredible group of artists and view their work. It is open to anyone interested in sharing in the vibes. Theater, Floor 1. MANA CONTEMPORARY 888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306 #mannionatmana
GRAND OPENING. ReasonableDoubt. Blessings to everyone who poured their heart into this classic album. It will stand the test of time as one of the greatest projects ever. 📷 @jonathanmannion
LET US PRAY... Inspired by the Reasonable Doubt prayer hands, I created these super limited edition pins with @pintrill for the Hov fans to enjoy. They’re still $15 in my store. There are like 4 left. Get your MANNION merch in my store. LINK in bio. GO GO GO. 🙏🏾🙏🏻🙏🏼
NO DOUBT. We celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Reasonable Doubt today, my first ever album cover and Jay’s first album. Quite a kick off in all respects! Concept & 📷: @jonathanmannion. Congrats to everyone who made Roc-A-Fella and this album what it was; Iconic.
MICRO DON. We lost a GIANT within this culture last night. The news knocked me sideways when I heard the news yesterday. Life isn’t promised, yet another reminder to DO IT TODAY, whatever “IT” is! Make that call, forgive someone, talk it out, keep your promise. This man’s energy filled clubs, venues, house parties and arenas... one of the realest souls that I have ever encountered. You will never be forgotten @micro_don_daddy, thank you for all of the good times we shared. Your voice will ring out forever!! 🔉🔉🔉📷 @shoshots
COAST TO COAST. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn vibes with my long time brother & brilliant photographer @estevanoriol, and my new friend, @misterkaves. Thank you for the hospitality at @thebrooklynfirefly, Sir. Loved and respected the BK gangsta double park of that incredible vehicle. Estevan, congrats on the new book! @richieabbott, preciatcha king! Time well spent. Quick 📷 @jonathanmannion
CERTIFIED. First the GOLD then after that then PLATINUM. Real heads know the reference. Congratulations to @djkhaled on another one! Blessings and guidance as you walk your path, king!! Your purpose is clear. Continue to manifest the goodness in your life. Honored to have created these visuals for you. #Round3 #FatherOfAsahd 📷 @jonathanmannion
THE BRONCO. 25 years ago today I got a frantic call from O.J. saying “Jon Jon, I need to borrow your White Bronco, I... umm... just thought maybe I’d take a leisurely drive up the coast. I even brought my driving gloves with me, they’re a little small, but they should work.” 😂 I’m a nice guy, I said “Sure... keys are on the left front tire. Take it for a spin.” SMDH. Why were my pants so high... they look like Z Cavariccis... and rolled up at the bottom. It was the 90s, that’s my excuse.
DAD. How wonderful life is while you’re in the world. England, 1973.
FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING. Congrats to @myfabolouslife on the 12 year anniversary for this project! I have to say, it’s one of my favorite sessions to date. The psychology of who has the “something” and who has “nothing” resonated deeply when conceptualizing my scenarios. FAB, thank you for your countless contributions to culture. It has been an honor to witness your journey from the beginning! Thank you for supporting my journey as well. 📷 @jonathanmannion. Deeper story around the creation of this packaging, will share one day, but not today. Salute to all of the brilliant photographers creating at the highest level. I admire you immensely.
AFRO B! Impromptu session with my brother from another Mother, @afrob__!! Nice to vibe out with someone who gets it. Created some incredible images... can’t wait to share them! Soon come. Salute, Gavin! My twin, @radiobyze, salute. Thanks for the link!! Album session right around the corner. #MannionAtMana @manacontemporary
PREFER YOU CALL ME WILLIAM. Original silkscreen and photo, @jonathanmannion. Serious inquiries only.
CAN I BORROW A DOLLAR? That common sense worked out nicely for you. Congratulations on 1 BILLION! As you continue to ascend, maybe your steps forward be as sure and brilliant. Honored to have witnessed and documented a decade of growth. 📷 @jonathanmannion.
SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN. Enjoying the weekend with the fine folks at @veuveclicquot at the Polo Classic. Oh... the look? This little number... Valentino, @thombrowneny, @commonprojects & @tomford... thanks for asking. 😂 I appreciate you @ericarchibald for the guidance. @nachofigueras, good match, sir!! @nekuatawodi, where were you? Photo by the masterful and lovely @babeonthegogo! It’s ON!
DAD & THE YANKEE. My brother @trinidadjamesgg and I took over St. James, in TNT to shoot the video for Females Welcomed. On of my favorite videos that I have achieved. It was all about energy that kept building and growing throughout the piece. Check it out, it won’t disappoint. Blessed to have seen 13 years of Carnival to really have sponged up the vibes to deliver a beautiful perspective back to the masses through my eyes. Thank you to the entire squad who brought this to life, especially, the legendary @machelmontano for the impromptu 8 song set in front of @smokey_and_bunty_avenue, the original one. Park that rig diagonally & RUN CHUNE!!! Ever grateful to you Machel & @chekothari for your generosity. #BooksFlightToPairco #WatchOutForTheBigTruck #MannionFete #PullUpsOnTheStJamesSign 🔥
HAPPY 44th MISS HILL. Blessings and light beaming your way. Joyful returns of the day! Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world. Every version of your delivery has been magic!! Honored to have witnessed your rise in real time, @mslaurynhill. This classic is from Honey Magazine and was a second option of our cover try with the honeycomb emerging as the more iconic image... y’all know the one. 📷 @jonathanmannion
THE RULER. Major congratulations to the legendary @therulernyc for his 20th anniversary of The Art of Storytelling. A phenomenal contribution to music. This gentleman, alongside @officialbigdaddykane, @c.d.o.c, @icet and NWA back in 88-89 are the primary reasons why I was called to contribute in multiple ways to Hip Hop. It was undeniable!Honored to have visually brought this album packaging to life! 📷 @jonathanmannion
WILMER. Massive congratulations to my brother, @patorankingfire on the release of his new album “Wilmer.” Pure tunes throughout, available now on @boomplaymusicng! Honored to work with an artist who has a vision FAR beyond himself. Blessings as you continue to walk your path, Boss. I’m with you whenever you need me. Favorite photo from the session with aligned art direction. 📷 @jonathanmannion
BUM DIDDLY DIDDLY DIDDLY D. Honored to have worked with, and learned from, this true icon. He saw my vision, dedication and passion early and believed in me. It made a world of difference. He inspired me to want to be great and gave me opportunities to shine. Today we celebrate the legendary #HeavyD on what would have been his 52nd BIRTHDAY! We miss you! I join his friends, family and fans today in the #beinspiredchallenge. I encourage everyone to be grateful for moments of inspiration received and to pass along inspiration in any way you can. We must uplift each other, not break each other down. 📷 @jonathanmannion #heavyd #665Polaroid
LIKE CLOCKWORK. Likely the sexiest Throwback Thursday you’ll find on the Gram today! @cassie, you absolutely killed this shoot originally for @yngandreckless that never saw daylight... UNTIL NOW!! They’re not ready for our next session or what we’re about to do with these images. 📷 @jonathanmannion
HIGHER. One of the kindest, most generous and most passionate souls you’ll ever know, my brother, @djkhaled. The mission is Divine. The ascent has been long, but worth it. You’re looking at over 50 years of contributions to the upliftment of Hip Hop culture in this frame. Congratulations Khaled! You own this moment in time. An indelible mark of creativity! Blessed to have created the visuals for your biggest album to date. Thank you @pv_tl, @taodowntown, @beatsbydre for throwing this epic @nbcsnl afterparty! I appreciate the invite @kfrastar & @kodaklens. The incredible @stephaniemeiling behind the lens! Rest in Power, Nipsey.
PROTECT YOUR BLESSINGS. Without this magical little human, there would be no Father of Asahd. Sharing this exclusive from the session today as my “directors choice.” It is the presentation of a feeling. A moment of introspection and curiosity. The tones simply make me happy; tropical, warm, calm. Without a doubt, one of the most important photographs from the #fatherofasahd session completed in Jamaica, and certainly my favorite image. @asahdkhaled, young LION! Mama Asahd, God Bless you. @djkhaled, keep sharing your dreams and vision with the masses!! It is an honor to have created with you again, 3 albums strong! 📷 @jonathanmannion