I’ve always tried to make things more about the mood than the photo itself. I never think about what my “photographic voice” is or what importance it serves. My process is just chasing the ideas I have into images.
– Neil Krug
Neil Krug (1983) is an American visual artist, photographer, and director based in Los Angeles, California. Neil is 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).
Born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Neil Krug is a self-taught artist. In 2009, Krug created his first monograph with then-girlfriend Joni Harbeck, Pulp Art Book. After relocating to Los Angeles, California in 2011, the collection of work was published in two volumes by Oregon-based publishing house Nazraeli Press in 2011 (Vol I) and 2012 (Vol II). Krug and Harbeck ended their partnership in 2013.
In 2009 Krug directed his first music video for Ladytron’s Gravity the Seducer. Between 2009 and 2013, he created album campaigns for bands/musicians such as Foals, My Chemical Romance, The Horrors, Ladytron, First Aid Kit, and Jim James. Krug directed Boards of Canada’s Cosecha Signal One & Reach For The Dead music videos (2013).
In 2014 he teamed up with Lana Del Rey to create the Ultraviolence album campaign, followed up with Honeymoon in 2015. Other campaigns include Bat For Lashes, The Bride (2016), Jim James, Eternally Even (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) and A$AP Rocky (2015), 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 along with a music video for Break Apart.
Krug released the “empowered… [and] surreal” 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).