ARC Presents: Jonathan Mannion

Posted in Photography by Nathan Lee Bush on April 8, 2011

Some of the best photographers and videographers in the world walk through our doors every day. ARC Presents is our series highlighting their work on our blog.

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Celebrity portraitist Jonathan Mannion‘s photography resists pat stylistic categories. He approaches each subject anew, with a willingness to work in a variety of formats and styles. Yet each portrait feels completely appropriate to the subject, and projects the singular qualities that defines their public persona. While often including simple metaphorical objects, he never overcomplicates the scenario, and never distracts from the subject.

Andre Agassi, clutching his tennis racket with a grimace, projects the pain so well-captured in his recent memoir, Open, where he revealed his lifelong hatred of the game that was his livelihood. The portrait of rapper 50 Cent, sipping bourbon and smoking a cigar at the edge of the pool he’s in, typifies his obsession with the idealized ‘good life.’ Dr Dre leans leisurely back in his studio chair, the master of his domain. Besides being technically immaculate, all of the photos understand the narrative nature of photography, which is a single instant captured and imbued with meaning by the viewer. Mannion’s work allows the subject to represent his or her own self-concept, and imply an entire life story with the most minimal of clues.


Nathan Lee Bush is a photographer and filmmaker in New York City. His work is on his blogsite and Vimeo.

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  1. […] 1 on recorders and mixers and part 2 on microphones and lavalier mics; I write about ARC client Jonathan Mannion‘s exemplary celebrity portrait photography; and I round up the week’s photo and video […]

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