Jonathan May’s 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. 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.
“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 has been a finalist in Australia’s most prestigious photographic portrait prize HEAD ON for 7 consecutive years. In 2012 his image “Lina” was voted as the “People’s choice” winner, and in 2013 image he took 1st place with his image of “Stanford.” The money won was donated to help the boy with his ongoing battle with health.
“Lina” was also selected by PDN as a finalist in the annual magazine in 2013.
Lurzers Archive magazine named Jonathan one of the Top 200 International Advertising photographers for the past three years.
Jonathan has won two Bronze Lion’s at Cannes with his work on the Google Maps “Know before you go” and for “Sydney dog and cats home” campaigns.
Jonathan has exhibited in Moscow, Sydney, London, Paris and in the Ivory Coast he held a private exhibition for the president Alassane Ouattara.
Jonathan’s great love is the quirky, creative, concept-driven advertising that comes out of true collaboration with art directors.
Currently Jonathan has representation in Los Angeles, Sydney, and Moscow.
Google, Snickers, Sony, Commonweath Bank, Vodafone, MTV, Westfield, Telstra Bigpond, Beatdisc records, Optus, Bell Shakespere Company, Hoyts Cinemas, Lion Nathan, Coastalwatch, Salvation Army, Sydney Cats and Dogs Homes, BPAY, Aldi, Various other Music and Art clients.