Jonathan de Villiers is a fashion photographer. 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 25, de Villiers sold his darkroom and took up a philosophy degree at King's College, Cambridge. On finishing his BA, he returned to photography, 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, Numero and L'Officiel. He has shot world-wide campaigns for Sony and Time magazine, and for the fashion houses of Anne Klein, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Hermès 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 the 2000 exhibition Imperfect Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as the touring exhibition Creativity and Commerce: The New Fashion Photography, which started at the ICA Boston in 2002. His first solo show for a major retrospective was at the 2004 Hyères Festival of Fashion Photography, where he was also one of the guest judges. de Villiers was also the winner of the highly prestigious Arles Fringe Festival prize that year, contributing to the programme curated by Martin Parr.