Opening Night: Jonathan Mannion, Rough Around the Edges

Milk Gallery’s latest exhibition “ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES: THE 665 POLAROID WORK OF JONATHAN MANNION,” opened last night to a frenzy of fans and photography lovers. The project will be on display from June 18th – July 7th.

As one of the nation’s preeminent hip hop photographers, Jonathan Mannion has a track record of making the things he touches turn to gold. Or rather, we should say, platinum.

Renowned for creating out-of-this-world album art for the likes of Jay-Z, DMX, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Nas, The Game and Aaliyah (just to name a few), Mannion has established himself over and over again as a visionary in music culture.

So it is no surprise that guests showed up in the thousands last night to catch a glimpse of his exhibition, Rough Around the Edges.

Featuring a career-spanning selection of the artist’s 665 Polaroid work, the exhibition was punctuated by portraits of legends including Andre 3000, Usher, Eminem, Lisa Lopez, Drake, Kanye West and Young Jeezy.

In keeping with the theme of the show, the evening’s crowd proved a marriage of the music and art worlds, including Theophilus London, Va$htie, DJ Clark Kent, Ricky Powell, Hunter Barnes, and Jupiter Jones.

Equally appropriate were the night’s jams provided by DJ Soul, who curated a playlist of tracks from each of the artists represented in Rough Around the Edges. With a lineup this spectacular, it didn’t take guests long to get down on the gallery-floor-cum-dance-floor.

In case you didn’t manage to make it through the lines or shake it out at the opening, you can still catch the incredible work of Jonathan Mannion at Milk Gallery until July 7th.

Milk Gallery is located at 450 W. 15th St, New York, NY.

Photos by Andrew Boyle.

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