Outside the studio, Jonathan also shot the video for Black Sabbath’s ‘13’, their first studio album released in the past 34 years. He decided to set the numbers 13 on fire in order to create the most realistic image. The video footage, shot at the same time, played behind the band on their final world tour. The transition to filmmaking has been very much a natural step for Jonathan, as well as a result of commercial pressure. Combining a continuous sequence of visuals and sound into a story, rather than a single image, he claims, has been a fantastic and enjoyable new challenge. He is one of the top ten all time winners in the Graphis Annuals, and has been awarded in both moving image and stills by PDN, D&AD, The Art Directors’ Club of New York, Communication Arts, The International Photography Awards, The Association of Photographers, Campaign, New York Festivals, The Globals, Oneeyeland and others. He has also recently been made a Graphis Master.
Jonathan has a passion for science and highly technical approach to image making. His interest lies in producing visual communication that feels natural, authentic and of the highest quality, whether it is at one extreme of macro liquid imagery or producing special effects on location at the other. He does not rely on heavy post-production techniques, and believes that the magic of successful imagery comes from capturing exquisite moments in camera.
Only a few days ago, a couple of weeks after we made our cover decision for the 200 Best book, we learned, to our great delight, that Jonathan Knowles has just been awarded "Advertising Photographer of the Year' at the International Photography Awards.
200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 20 will be available from late October.