Jonathan de Villiers is one of the most conceptually rigorous, logistically ambitious and technically meticulous fashion photographers working today. Born in London in 1968, he worked in a design studio after leaving school and went on to found a professional lab in central London where he printed for many well-known advertising and fashion photographers. At the age of twenty-five Jonathan sold his darkroom, his intellectual and political interests drawing him to a philosophy degree at Kingâ€™s College, Cambridge. On finishing his BA, changes in the character of commercial photography and the resurgence of the British art scene drew him back into the photographic world, and this led to a series of commissions from several magazines including Self Service and Sleaze Nation. Since then he has worked with British, French and Italian Vogues, NumÃ©ro and Lâ€™Officiel. He has shot world-wide campaigns for Sony and Time magazine, and for the fashion houses of Anne Klein, Alessandro Dellâ€™Acqua, HermÃ¨s and Mandarina Duck. In 2002 Jonathan directed his debut commercial for London agency BMP and their client DHL. He has exhibited at the Forde gallery, Geneva and contributed to Imperfect Beauty at The Victoria & Albert Museum, and the touring exhibition Creativity and Commerce: The new Fashion Photography, starting at the ICA Boston. His first solo show for a major retrospective was at the 2004 HyÃ¨res Festival of Fashion Photography, where he was also one of the guest judges. Jonathan was also the winner of the highly prestigious Arles Fringe Festival prize that year, contributing to the programme curated by Martin Parr.
Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down
Jonathan De Villiers features in a project.