Jonathan Mannion

Jonathan Mannion (born December 3, 1970) is a photographer and film director.[1] Mannion has shot over 300 album covers working with hip hop and R&B performers including Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Aaliyah, Outkast, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Brandy Norwood and Kendrick Lamar. He was the photographer behind the Beats by Dre "Straight Outta" campaign.[2]

Jonathan Mannion
Born (1970-12-03) December 3, 1970 (age 52)
Alma materKenyon College
OccupationPhotographer & Film Director

Early life and educationEdit

With English and American ancestry, he was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His father and mother are both Midwest artists.[vague] His mother is from London and his father from Brooklyn.[3] Mannion studied at Kenyon College in Ohio graduating with honors. In 1996 he moved from Cleveland to New York City.


New York and Richard AvedonEdit

Mannion worked for a year with photographer Richard Avedon[4] in his Manhattan studio. Mannion also worked with photographers Ben Watts, Steven Klein, and Marc Hom.

Jay-Z and hip hopEdit

In 1996, Mannion was commissioned to take photos of Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z for Reasonable Doubt.[5][6][7][8]


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

Album creditsEdit

Year Artist Album
1996 Jay Z Reasonable Doubt
1997 Jay Z In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
1997 Joe All That I Am
1998 DMX It's Dark and Hell is Hot
1998 DMX Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
1998 Def Squad El Niño
1998 Jay Z ft. Blackstreet The City is Mine
1998 Public Enemy He Got Game
1998 Jay Z Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
1998 Funkmaster Flex The Mix Tape, Vol. III
1998 Les X a.k.a les X-Men Jeunes, Coupables Et Libres
1998 Jay Z & Various Artists Streets is Watching
1998 Suprême NTM Ma benz
1998 Playa Cheers 2 U
1999 Eve Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First Lady
1999 Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap The Tunnel
1999 Stomy Bugsy On S'en Sortira
1999 Slick Rick The Art of Storytelling
1999 Memphis Bleek Coming of Age
1999 Ja Rule Venni Vetti Vecci
1999 Ol' Dirty Bastard N***a Please
1999 Rahzel All I Know
1999 Rahzel Make the Music 2000
1999 Suprême NTM That's My People
1999 Ruff Ryders Ryde or Die Vol. 1
1999 Kelis Kaleidoscope
1999 Jay Z Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
1999 Terror Squad The Album
1999 Black Rob Life Story
2000 50 Cent Power of the Dollar
2000 Luke Luke's Freak Fest 2000
2000 Ja Rule Rule 3:36
2000 Dame Grease Live on Lenox Ave.
2000 Black Rob "Whoa!"
2000 Nelly Country Grammar
2000 DJ Quik Balance & Options
2000 Joe "Stutter"
2000 Youssou N'Dour Birima
2000 Ludacris Back for the First Time
2000 Beenie Man Art and Life
2000 Bruno Coulais & Akhenaton Comme un aimant
2000 Prodigy H.N.I.C.
2000 Canibus 2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus)
2000 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
2000 Damizza Where I Wanna Be
2000 Beanie Sigel The Truth
2000 Memphis Bleek The Understanding
2000 Joe My Name Is Joe
2000 LL Cool J G.O.A.T.
2000 Youssou N'Dour Joko-From Village to Town
2000 Irv Gotti Irv Gotti Presents: The Murderers
2000 Relative Ash Our Time With You
2000 Ol' Dirty Bastard ft. Kelis "Got Your Money"
2000 Stomy Bugsy Trop Jeune Mourir
2000 Bouga Belsunce Breakdown
2000 Jay Z The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
2000 Profyle Nothin' But Drama
2000 Various Radiotherapy
2000 Capleton More Fire
2001 Jay Z The Blueprint
2001 Aaliyah Aaliyah
2001 Yukmouth Thug Lord: The New Testament
2001 Ray J ft. Lil' Kim "Wait a Minute"
2001 Pastor Troy Face Off
2001 Aaron Soul Ring, Ring, Ring
2001 St. Lunatics Free City
2001 Bad Boy Bill Bangin; The Box Vol. 5
2001 Busta Rhymes Turn It Up! The Very Best of Busta Rhymes
2001 Krayzie Bone Thug on da Line
2001 Warren G The Return of the Regulator
2001 Timbaland & Magoo Indecent Proposal
2001 Dungeon Family Trans DF Express
2001 Erick Sermon Music
2001 Big Pun Endangered Species
2001 Fredro Starr Firestarr
2001 Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
2001 The Beatnuts Take It or Squeeze It
2001 Oxmo Puccino L'Amour est mort
2001 Run-D.M.C. Crown Royal
2001 Beanie Sigel The Reason
2001 DJ Clue? The Professional 2
2001 Run-D.M.C. ft. Jagged Edge Let's Stay Together
2001 Slimm Calhoun The Skinny
2001 D12 Devil's Night
2001 Ol' Dirty Bastard The Dirty Story: The Best of Ol' Dirty Bastard
2001 Ja Rule Pain Is Love
2001 Dungeon Family Even in Darkness
2001 Ray J Formal Invite
2001 Brandy Afrodisiac
2002 Run-D.M.C. Together Forever (Greatest Hits 1983-2000)
2002 Xzibit Man vs. Machine
2002 Nas God's Son
2002 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Thug World Center
2002 Ja Rule The Last Temptation
2002 Jay Z & R. Kelly The Best of Both Worlds
2002 Trick Daddy Thug Holiday
2002 Eminem The Eminem Show
2002 Irv Gotti Irv Gotti Presents: The Remixes
2002 Trina Diamond Princess
2002 Nelly Nellyville
2002 WC Ghetto Heisman
2002 Irv Gotti Irv Gotti Presents: The Inc.
2002 Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
2002 Riva ft. Dannii Minogue Tu Ma'Aimes
2002 N.O.R.E. God's Favorite
2002 Brandy Full Moon
2002 Aaliyah I Care 4 U
2002 Amerie All I Have
2002 DJ Quik Under tha Influence
2002 State Property State Property
2003 Mowett ft. Loon Tru Rider
2003 Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
2003 Freeway Philadelphia Freeway
2003 Obie Trice Cheers
2003 Cam'ron presents The Diplomats Diplomatic Immunity
2003 Chingy Jackpot
2003 Big Tymers Big Money Heavyweight
2003 Timbaland & Magoo Under Construction, Part II
2003 Jay Z The Black Album
2003 The D.O.C Deuce
2003 Nas Made You Look: God's Son Live
2003 DMX Grand Champ
2003 To My Surprise To My Surprise
2003 Nelly The Reinvention - De Derrty Versions
2003 Murphy Lee Da Skool Boy Presents Murphy's Law
2003 Jae Millz No, No, No
2003 Cassidy Feat. R. Kelly "Hotel"
2004 Cassidy Feat. Mashonda "Get No Better"
2004 Rohff La Fierté Des Nôtres
2004 Guerrilla Black Guerilla City
2004 Xzibit Weapons of Mass Destruction
2004 Erick Sermon Chilltown, New York
2004 Oxmo Puccino Le cactus de Sibérie
2004 Cassidy Split Personality
2004 Rick Ross Federation
2004 Fabolous Real Talk
2004 Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Greatest Hits
2004 Mannie Fresh The Mind of Mannie Fresh
2004 T.I. Urban Legend
2004 Ludacris The Red Light District
2004 Nelly Sweat
2004 Rupee 1 on 1
2004 Ma$e Welcome Back
2004 Trick Daddy Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets
2004 The Game Ft. 50 Cent "How We Do"
2004 Lyfe Jennings Lyfe 268-192
2005 Nitty Player's Paradise
2005 YoungBloodz Ev'rybody Know Me
2005 Big Boi Got Purp? Vol. 2
2005 Tony Yayo Thoughts of a Predicate Felon
2005 Toni Braxton Libra
2005 The Game The Documentary
2005 Chamillionaire The Sound of Revenge
2005 Rohff Au-delà de mes limites
2005 Brandy The Best of Brandy
2005 Cassidy I'm a Hustla
2005 Black Rob The Black Rob Report
2005 Jermaine Dupri Young, Fly & Flashy, Vol. 1
2005 50 Cent The Massacre
2005 Lil' Wayne Tha Carter II
2005 Eminem Curtain Call
2005 Beanie Sigel The B. Coming
2006 Busta Rhymes The Big Bang
2006 The Game Doctor's Advocate
2006 Big Tuck Tha Absolute Truth
2006 The Game "It's Okay (One Blood)"
2006 E-40 My Ghetto Report Card
2006 Akon Konvicted
2006 Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
2006 Sleepy Brown Mr. Brown
2006 Trick Daddy Back By Thug Demand
2006 Obie Trice Second Round's On Me
2006 Chingy Hoodstar
2006 Clipse Wamp Wamp (What It Do)
2006 Fat Joe Me, Myself, & I
2006 YoungBloodZ Still Grippin' tha Grain: The Best Of
2006 DJ Quik Born and Raised in Compton
2007 Brother Ali The Undisputed Truth
2007 Sum 41 Underclass Hero
2007 Nas Greatest Hits
2007 Young Buck Buck The World
2007 Fabulous From Nothin' to Somethin'
2007 Beanie Sigel The Solution
2007 Keyshia Cole Just like You
2007 Chamillionaire Ultimate Victory
2007 Styles P Time Is Money
2007 J. Holiday Back of My Lac'
2007 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Strength & Loyalty
2007 Kia Shine Due Season
2007 Birdman 5 Star Stunna
2008 Rick Ross Trilla
2008 Anthony Hamilton The Point Of It All
2008 Kelis The Hits
2008 Young Jeezy The Recession
2008 Lil Wayne The Carter III
2008 The Game LAX
2008 Lil Mama Voice of the Young People
2008 Cypress Hill Original Album Classics
2008 Lalah Hathaway Self Portrait
2009 Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric Davis
2009 Rick Ross Deeper Than Rap
2009 Jah Cure The Universal Cure
2010 Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
2010 Jay Z The Hits Collection, Volume One
2010 Lil Wayne Rebirth
2010 Rick Ross Teflon Don
2011 1017 Bricksquad Ferrari Boyz
2011 Gucci Mane & V-Nasty BAYTL
2011 The Game The R.E.D. Album
2012 Brother Ali Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
2012 The Game Jesus Piece
2012 MGK Lace Up
2013 Tyga Hotel California
2013 Trombone Shorty Say That to Say This
2016 Gucci Mane Everybody Looking
2017 DJ Khaled Grateful
2018 Ella Mai Ella Mai


  1. ^ "Video Static: Music Video News: Sugar Management". VideoStatic. Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  2. ^ Somuah, Andrew (10 August 2015). "Beats By Dre Link Up With Photographer Jonathan Mannion For Straight Outta Compton Campaign". The Source. The Northstar Group. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  3. ^ According to Mannion, quoted in Meka Udoh, "Jonathan Mannion: Desire", Hiphop Dx.
  4. ^ "Jonathan Mannion Opening", Hollywood Obsessions, September 8, 2007.
  5. ^ Jonathan Mannion: Photographs: Exhibitions on's City Guide
  6. ^ Jonathan Mannion's Jay-Z portrait at Planet Hollywood's Sapporo event | MTV News You R Here
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2008-04-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Jonathan Mannion Photographs – Best Bet – AT Art – AOL Video
  9. ^ "Mannion v. Coors Brewing Co., 530 F.Supp.2d 543 (S.D.N.Y.2008)". Google Scholar. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  10. ^ Wolff, Nancy (2010). The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook. Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-1581158076. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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