From Aaliyah to Jay-Z: Captured Moments in Hip-hop History

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To take "the definitive portrait of that person in that moment" is the quest of photographer and hip-hop historian Jonathan Mannion. In this short video, Mannion details his dedication to his art and the process he goes through to catch the defining moments of an artist's performance, career, life. Of his work, Mannion says, "It's not about taking a photo. It's about giving a photo."

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  • Ask photography students to shoot a cover photo for a CD of their choice or to analyze a CD cover photo
Pros

  • The video reveals the mind behind the photographer, the vision that partners the photographer and the musician
  • Links to additional research information are provided
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