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Neil Krug

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Neil Krug
Born (1983-11-03) November 3, 1983 (age 37)
Lawrence, Kansas
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
  • Photographer
  • videographer
  • visual artist

Neil Krug (born November 3, 1983) is an American visual artist, photographer and director based in Los Angeles, California. Best known for his work with Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala, The Weeknd, Cage The Elephant, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bat For Lashes, Bonobo, Boards of Canada, as well as his early monographs, Pulp Art Book (I & II).

Life and Career[edit]

Born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas,[1] Neil Krug is a self taught artist.[2] In 2009, Krug created his first monograph with then-girlfriend Joni Harbeck[2], Pulp Art Book. After relocating to Los Angeles, California in 2011[3], the collection of work was published in two volumes by Oregon based publishing house Nazraeli Press in 2011 (Vol I)[4] and 2012 (Vol II).[5] Krug and Harbeck ended their partnership in 2013.[6]

In 2009 Krug directed his first music video for Ladytron's Gravity the Seducer.[2][1] Between 2009 and 2013, he created album campaigns for bands/musicians such as Foals, My Chemical Romance[7], The Horrors[8], Ladytron[2], First Aid Kit, and Jim James. Krug directed Boards of Canada's Cosecha Signal One & Reach For The Dead music videos (2013)[9].

In 2014 he teamed up with Lana Del Rey to create the Ultraviolence album campaign[10], followed up with Honeymoon in 2015. Other campaigns include Bat For Lashes, The Bride[11] (2016), Jim James, Eternally Even[12] (2016), Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sex & Food (2017), Cage The Elephant, Social Cues (2019) as well as a Complex Magazine cover stories featuring Lana Del Rey (2014)[13] and A$AP Rocky (2015)[14], Rolling Stone cover story featuring Tame Impala's Kevin Parker (2015), and The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness (2015) & Starboy (2017) tour visuals . In 2016, Krug teamed up with Simon Green (Bonobo) to create the critically acclaimed Migration campaign[15] along with music video for Break Apart.[16]

Krug released the "empowered... [and] surreal"[17] fine art series Phantom: Stage One in 2018, followed by a fashion film and stills campaign for Givenchy Haute Couture SS’19 designed by Clare Waight Keller (2019).[18]

List of works[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Work(s) Notes Ref.
2012 Gonjasufi "The Blame" Director, visual effects [19]
2013 Boards of Canada "Reach for the Dead" [20]
"Cosecha Signal One" [21]
2016 Bonobo, Rhye "Break Apart" Director, editor, visual effects
2020 Zella Day "People Are Strangers" Director, producer, cinematographer
"Purple Haze"

Album artwork[edit]

Year Artist Work(s) Notes Ref.
2009 Ladytron
  • "Tomorrow"
[22]
2011 Ladytron
  • Gravity The Seducer
[22][23]
The Horrors
  • Skying
First Aid Kit
  • "The Lion's Roar"
[24]
2012
  • The Lion's Roar
[25]
Scissor Sisters
  • Magic Hour
2013 Goo Goo Dolls
  • Magnetic
[26]
Foals
  • C.C.T.V. Sessions
[27]
2014 First Aid Kit
  • Stay Gold
  • "America"
[28]
Electric Citizen
  • "Sateen"
Lana Del Rey
  • Ultraviolence
  • "West Coast"
  • "Shades of Cool"
  • "Brooklyn Baby"
  • "Ultraviolence"
Electric Citizen
  • "Light Years Beyond"
2015 Lana Del Rey
  • Honeymoon
  • "Honeymoon"
Doe Paoro
  • "After"
Anderson East
  • "Delilah"
Sexwitch
  • Sexwitch
[29]
My Morning Jacket
  • The Waterfall
[30]
Foals
  • What Went Down
2016 Jim James
  • "Eternally Even"
[31]
Bat For Lashes
  • "If I Knew" / "In Your Bed"
Wild Belle
  • "Dreamland"
Glass Animals
  • "How To Be A Human Being"
Bat For Lashes
  • "The Bride"
[11][32]
2017 Cage The Elephant
  • "Unpeeled"
[22]
Lana Del Rey
  • Lust For Life
  • "Summer Bummer"
  • "Lust For Life" (with The Weeknd)
[33][34][35]
Pulled Apart By Horses
  • "The Haze"
Bonobo
  • "Break Apart"
  • "Migration"
[36][37]
Benjamin Booker
  • "Witness"
[38]
2018 First Aid Kit
  • "Tender Offerings"
[22]
Yeule
  • "Pretty Bones"
[34]
Joji
  • "Midsummer Madness"
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • "Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays
  • "Not In Love We're Just High"
  • "American Guilt"
  • "Sex & Food"
[39][22]
Bush
  • "Black and White Rainbows"
Poolside
  • "Heat"
2019 Yeule
  • "Poison Arrow"
  • "Pixel Affection"
  • "Serotonin II"
[34]
Jim James & The Louisville Orchestra
  • "Set It To Song"
  • "Back To The End Of The World"
  • "The Order Of Nature:
[34]
Tame Impala
  • "Borderline"
  • "The Slow Rush"
[40]
Cage The Elephant
  • "Night Running" (with Beck)
  • "Goodbye"
  • "Social Cues"
[22]
Zella Day
  • "You Sexy Thing"
2020
  • Where Does the Devil Hide
  • "People Are Strangers"
  • "My Game"
  • "Purple Are Haze"

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Athena, Rose (2011-12-08). "Chatting with Neil Krug". Vice. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Yodel, Global; Lens, ContributorTravel Through a Local (2013-11-21). "Neil Krug, Photographer Profile". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  3. Athena, Rose (2011-12-08). "Chatting with Neil Krug". Vice. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  4. "HARBECK & KRUG: PULP ART BOOK | Pulp Art Book: Volume One". Nazraeli Press. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  5. "HARBECK & KRUG: PULP ART BOOK | Pulp Art Book: Volume Two". Nazraeli Press. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  6. "Neil Krug: "We had hits of LSD hidden all over the city."". 2015-12-31.
  7. "Neil Krug: "We had hits of LSD hidden all over the city."". 52 Insights. 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  8. Dummy. "'Skying' designer Neil Krug's photos of The Horrors". DummyMag. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  9. Urquhart, Robert (2013-06-05). "Capturing The Look of Board of Canada's "Tomorrow's Harvest"". Vice. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  10. "Interview: Photographer Neil Krug Discusses Shooting His Newest Muse, Lana Del Rey". Complex. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Neil Krug captures Bat for Lashes in cinematic photo series The Bride". It’s Nice That. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  12. "Jim James Announces Second Solo Album Eternally Even". Capitol Records. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Droppo, Dana. "Lana Del Rey Interview: Against the Grain 2014 Cover Story". Complex.com. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  14. "A$AP Rocky Covers Complex's April/May 2015 Issue!". Complex. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  15. "Neil Krug on making the artwork for Bonobo album Migration". Creative Review. 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  16. "Neil Krug creates mystifying new Bonobo video using drones". It’s Nice That. 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  17. "Neil Krug's Phantom photography series is surreally powerful". HUNGER TV. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  18. Krug, Neil. "Givenchy Haute Couture SS'19 – Bleached Canvas". Neil Krug. Retrieved 2019-10-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KyO5-_JbbI
  20. https://vimeo.com/70914324
  21. https://vimeo.com/70896432
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 "Neil Krug". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  23. "Ladytron: Gravity the Seducer". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  24. "First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  25. "First Aid Kit: The Lion's Roar". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  26. "Goo Goo Dolls - Magnetic". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  27. "Foals - C.C.T.V. Sessions". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  28. "First Aid Kit: Stay Gold". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  29. "Sexwitch: Sexwitch". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  30. "My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  31. "Jim James: Eternally Even". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  32. "Bat for Lashes: The Bride". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  33. Listen to "Summer Bummer" [ft. A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti] by Lana Del Rey, retrieved 2019-10-23
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 "Covers". Neil Krug. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  35. "Listen to Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd's New Song "Lust for Life"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  36. Break Apart (feat. Rhye), retrieved 2019-10-23
  37. "Bonobo: Migration". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  38. "Benjamin Booker: Witness". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  39. Penning, Monique (Summer 2018). "Free To A Good Home". North Journal. 17.
  40. Listen to "Borderline" by Tame Impala, retrieved 2019-10-23

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