The name ‘Jonas Åkerlund’ has become by-and-large synonymous with a certain type of music video directing: expertly-crafted, high-energy, viral videos for some of the world’s biggest names including frequent collaborator Madonna, Beyonce, The Rolling Stones, U2, Prodigy (yes, including the Smack My Bitch Up video), Maroon 5, Blondie, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, and the list goes on and on.
It’s impossible to single out one, five, or even ten of his greatest hits; there’s just so many to name, which is perhaps why Camerimage selected the prodigious director to receive their Outstanding Achivement in Music Videos award. Camerimage is the most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography; it is no wonder they would call out the three-time Grammy award-winning Jonas for his 30+ years of experience in the industry.
Jonas will receive the award later this month in Bydgoszcz, Poland. For those of us outside of Eastern Europe, we can enjoy a sampling of his mater work here.