Born Jean-Baptiste Mondino on 21 July 1949, in Aubervilliers, France, started out as an electro-pop singer. Though mostly recognised as a fashion photographer and music video director (for artists such as Neneh Cherry, David Bowie, Sting, Madonna, Les Rita Mitsouko and Björk to name a few) and photographer for record covers, Mondino (or Mon Dino as stated on cover) is here with his lone single; “La Danse Des Mots” – meaning “The Dance Of Words” in English – from 1983 (Island X-13155).
Mondino has also photographed the covers and album packaging for Prince's Lovesexy (1988), Alain Bashung's Osez Joséphine (1991), Shakespear's Sister's Hormonally Yours (1992) and Chatterton (1994) and the Marianne Faithfull (see Post #74) albums Before The Poison (2005) and Easy Come, Easy Go (2008).
The video for Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer", which Mondino directed, swept the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985, winning "Best Video", "Best Direction", "Best Art Direction" and "Best Cinematography". This video paired him with compatriot cinematographer, Pascal Lebègue, with whom he would later shoot several other notable music videos in black and white, such as "Russians" for Sting and "Justify My Love" for Madonna. FLAC