Anyone born in the ’80s, whoever marvelled at the cover of a hip-hop magazine or sat staring at their favorite rapper’s album cover has likely seen most of their musical heroes through legendary photographer Jonathan Mannion’s lens. For superstars like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Lauryn Hill, Rick Ross, Eminem, Snoop Dog and countless others, Mannion’s vision, consistency, and ability to innovate has made him the go-to image-maker for the most important projects of their careers.
The legendary Hip hop photographer Jonathan Mannionhas slated his photography tour in Nigeria From October 25 to 30 to showcase some of his most celebrated works. With over 2 decades of photography under his belt, Mannion is well known for producing the album cover of Jay Z’s debut album ‘Reasonable Doubt’, as well as about 300  album covers for the biggest names in the Hip hop industry. He is also the photographer behind the iconic #straightoutta campaign directed by Dr. Dre. In the history of hip-hop, no photographer has created more memorable images of the culture than Jonathan Mannion. Since he stepped onto the New York rap scene in 1993, the Cleveland native has produced iconic visuals that indelibly defined a generation of rap, R&B, and reggae artists.

Mannion’s first established himself as a cultural force through his work with the recording industry, documenting over twenty years of hip-hop music. Early in his career, when many in mainstream media were dismissing rap music as a passing fad, Mannion was hustling to create the cover art for Jay-Z’s debut LP, Reasonable Doubt. It was the first of many iconic album covers with prominent MCs that quickly crowned Mannion as hip-hop’s premiere visual biographer.

“We are excited about bringing Jonathan Mannion to Nigeria. Both Hennessy and Jonathan have played a key role in the development and formation of the DNA of the Hip Hop Music & Culture. Art and Hip Hop Enthusiasts will be presented with an invaluable opportunity to explore some of Jonathan Mannion’s legendary body of work.  For us, this is an initiative which remains true to Hennessy Artistry – celebrating Music, and in this case, rather creatively and hopefully, memorably” – Lere Awokoya, Brand Manager for Hennessy Nigeria.

The project being the first of its kind in Nigeria, is another initiative of Hennessy Artistry as a continuous means of expressing its love for Music.

To participate in this exciting project, see below for Jonathan Mannion’s activities in Lagos:

Day 1
– Jonathan Mannion’s opening exhibition;

Venue: Red Door Arts Gallery, 51, Bishop Oluwole, VI, Lagos.

Date: Thursday, 27th October 2016

Time: 6pm

*strictly by invitation*

– Public gallery opening : 27th October – 5th November daily.

Time: 8pm-10pm daily

Day 2

1. Lunch with veteran photographers –

Date: Friday, 28th October 2016

Time: 3pm

2. Album cover shoot for 2 undisclosed Nigerian Artistes

Day 3

1.Jonathan Mannion Talk Presentation with Hip Hop representatives and Photography representatives.

Date: Saturday, 29th October 2016

Time: 3pm

*Strictly by invitation*

Day 4

Photography Workshop 

Date: Sunday, 30th October 2016

Time: 2pm

By Registration: Workshop

Launched in 2006, Hennessy Artistry focuses on celebrating music and discovering unrecognized new talent. In 2009 Hennessy Artistry was introduced to Nigeria and has engaged its Nigerian audience with series of activities that has propelled talented artistes to some of Nigeria’s stars today like M.I Abaga, D’Banj, Ice Prince, Tu Face, Banky W, Wiz Kid, Nneka, Tiwa Savage, Praiz, Burna Boy. It has been celebrated by the most diverse musical influences, ranging from classical to jazz, funk, soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, pop amongst others in the world.


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