Veteran Hip-Hop Photog Lifts Lid On 20 Year Career

- By Bossip Staff

Jonathan Mannion Shows Off Iconic Photos From Two Decades In Hip-Hop

He’s known for his work behind the camera, but veteran hip-hop photographer Jonathan Mannion took center stage for a one night only exhibit celebrating millennial women.

Mannion’s photos of chanteuses like Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Ciara, Eve, Aaliyah and Estelle were showcased at a private show and dinner last week at Fedora in Manhattan, where Mannion is part owner. He partnered with Viniq shimmery liqueur for the exhibit celebrating the “shimmer” spirit of millennial women.

“I always wanted to elevate and put a different lens—I don’t want to do booty in your face type-magazines,” Mannion told BOSSIP. “Thank you for having amazing cakes, but I’m not interested in that. Tell me a story.”

The event brought out influencers like DJ D-Nice, Legendary Damon and Yaya Dacosta.

“The process here was to really curate,” Mannion said, “look back at these amazing, talented women I photographed, and bring the best of the best that still tells a complete story in one moment.”

Mannion, 44, is the photographer behind iconic album covers like Jay-Z’s “Reasonable Doubt,” and Nas’ “Godson.” He said his motivation for the showcase was his total adoration of women.
“This was a joy to create, because I absolutely love ladies,” Mannion said. “The mystery and the intrigue, the power and the vulnerability—everything.”

Mannion was quick to dismiss millennial’s critics, who have singled out the generation as lazy narcissists who crave instant gratification.
“I find this generation more creative than any other generation before,” he said. “I don’t think it’s really lazy. I think people see things that they want to attain, and they want it quickly,” he said. “I think its impatience more than anything, and wanting to skip steps.”

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