A Cleveland, Ohio native, Jonathan Mannion began capturing images of up-and-coming urban music superstars after working for a year with world-renowned photographer Richard Avedon. In 1996, he launched his professional career by shooting the photographs for the classic hip-hop album Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z. In the years since, Jonathanâ€™s photography has grown alongside the culture he so loves, helping to visually define an era of urban music. As DJ Quik once pointed out to him, the world sees hip-hop through his eyes. However, he is modestly circumspect about his role. â€œIâ€™m just a messenger,” he observes, “and Iâ€™ve been given a talent to document an extremely important era of music history. I have a love for hip-hop that goes back to when I was a teenager, and I feel blessed to have had the chance to shoot the artists Iâ€™ve worked with. Iâ€™ve had the opportunity to grow with them and the photos Iâ€™ve shot over the years have become visual bullet points of their creative evolution and mine.”
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