Jonathan Mannion (born December 3, 1970) is a noted photographer and film director. 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 also the photographer behind the Beats by Dre “Straight Outta” campaign.
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. Mannion studied at Kenyon College in Ohio graduating with honors. In 1996 he moved from Cleveland to New York City.