jonathan may


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Jonathan imbues his subjects with humour and poignancy. His instinctual ability to take a concept and tell a fascinating visual story is both innovative and compelling.
Jonathan loves to find interesting characters and unconventional locations, using colour and treatments to heighten the visual experience. Always looking for subtle humour, his work visually engages us by drawing us in to share the experience of the subject.

Jonathan won the 2009 Sydney Morning Herald “shoot the chef” competition with his hilarious portrayal of celebrity chef Manu Fieldel on a unicycle, dressed as a circus performer. Jonathan has also been a finalist in Australia’s most prestigious photographic portrait prize HEAD ON in 2010, 2011 and in 2012 where his image “Lina” was also voted as the “People’s choice” winner.

Lurzers Archive magazine named Jonathan one of the Top 200 International Advertising photographers in 2010/11 and again recently for 2012/13.

Jonathan recently won a Bronze Lion at Cannes with his work on the Google Maps “Know before you go” campaign.

Jonathan has been a part of several solo as well as joint exhibitions, including one in Moscow’s Central House of Artists (the first ever Australian to do so), a joint exhibition in Paris, as well as several joint shows in Sydney.
“The Embrace” was selected as a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, and was exhibited in The National Portrait Gallery in London in 2011.

Jonathan’s great love is the quirky, creative, concept-driven advertising that comes out of true collaboration with art directors.

Currently has representation in Sydney, Paris and Moscow.

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