Rankin (photographer)

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Rankin
Rankin.jpg
Rankin in 2021
Born
John Rankin Waddell

Glasgow, Scotland
Education
Alma materLondon College of Printing[3]
Occupation
  • Photographer
  • Director
  • Publisher
Spouse(s)
(m. 1995; div. 1998)
Tuuli Shipster
(m. 2009)
Children1[4][5]
Websiterankinphoto.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata

John Rankin Waddell, known as Rankin, (born 1966) is a British photographer and director who has photographed Kate Moss, Madonna, David Bowie and The Queen.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

The London Evening Standard described Rankin's fashion and portrait photography style as high-gloss, highly sexed and hyper-perfect.[12]

Rankin has directed music videos, documentaries, a feature film, short films and commercials.[13][14][15][16]

Early life and education[edit]

Rankin was born in Glasgow.[17] His family moved to Yorkshire in 1976,[18] where he attended Thirsk School, before relocating to St Albans and Beaumont School.[1]

He worked as a hospital porter when he was 20,[19] and studied accounting at Brighton Polytechnic until he realised his interests lay elsewhere and dropped out.[2][15]

Rankin took up photography on a BTech course at Barnfield College in Luton, and then a BA course at the London College of Printing. He did not graduate from either.[3][20]

Celebrity portraits[edit]

Rankin's notable portraiture includes:

Music videos[edit]

Rankin has directed music videos for artists including:

Magazines and books[edit]

Dazed & Confused - published Spring 2020

Rankin's works have appeared on the cover of magazines including Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, GQ and Rolling Stone.[21][23][37]

In 1991 Rankin and fellow London College of Printing student Jefferson Hack launched the magazine Dazed & Confused. They drew upon their experience with an earlier college magazine named Untitled.[51][52][53]

In December 2000 Rankin launched Rank, his own fashion magazine. He is also a publisher of AnOther Magazine and AnOther Man. In 2011 he founded Hunger.[54][55]

Rankin has published over forty photobooks including Female Nudes (1999), Rankin Male Nudes (2000), Breeding: A Study of Sexual Ambiguity (2004), and Beautiful (2007).[47][24]

Performance by Rankin - published 2021

Television[edit]

Rankin took part in 2008's television reality show Britain's Missing Top Model. The show followed eight young women with disabilities who competed for a modelling contract; photo shoot with Rankin, and Marie Claire magazine cover picture.[56]

In 2011 Rankin was the photography teacher in Jamie's Dream School on Channel 4.[57] He then presented the BBC Four documentary America in Pictures – The Story of Life Magazine.[58]

He travelled to South Africa for the 2012 BBC documentary South Africa in Pictures.[59]

BBC Four broadcast his 2014 documentary Seven Photographs That Changed Fashion in which he created tributes to images by Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, David Bailey and Guy Bourdin. Rankin interviewed some of the original photographers, models and assistants, and used contemporary models.[29]

Rankin is a regular photographer and guest judge on Germany's Next Topmodel.[60]

He hosted the 2021 Great British Photography Challenge on BBC4.[61]

Films[edit]

Rankin has directed films including:

  • The Lives of the Saints (2006)[13][14]
  • Hardwire (Short 2013)[62]
  • Balance (Short 2014))[63]

He produced the visual art for Spectre.[23]

Exhibitions[edit]

For his 2009 Brick Lane exhibition Rankin Live, he set out to photograph 1000 ordinary people, completing one shoot every 15 minutes. The portraits were printed and hung within 30 minutes.[64][65]

Rankin has exhibited at galleries including MoMA, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.[47]

Commercials[edit]

Rankin and his production team have created for brands including:

Campaigns[edit]

Rankin photographing the Surfrider Foundation Plastic Monster.

Rankin has supported Women's Aid, providing photographs for their Blind Eye,[68] What's It Going To Take?, and Valentine's Day[69] campaigns.

In 2012 Nike and Product Red commissioned Rankin to shoot their HIV/AIDS campaign, Lace Up, Save Lives.[70][71][15]

In 2019, Rankin collaborated with philropy to create the official collectible card supporting Surfrider Foundation initiatives against plastic waste, and in which appears his photograph of a monster made of plastic waste.[72][73][74]

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 Rankin shot portraits of NHS staff to highlight their work.[19][75]

He was a judge for the 2021 Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Light Up The Darkness competition.[76]

Rankin has photographed campaigns for Amnesty International, Everyman, Special Olympics, Oxfam, Teenage Cancer Trust, Refuge, The Teaching Awards Women’s Vote, Breast cancer awareness and Youth Music.[5]

Annroy[edit]

Annroy studio

In 2009 Rankin developed Annroy, a contemporary building, in Kentish Town (51°32′57″N 0°08′52″W / 51.5492°N 0.1478°W / 51.5492; -0.1478). It was designed by Trevor Horne Architects and incorporates Rankin's photographic studio and gallery. The name is a portmanteau of his parents' Christian names.[77][78][79]

Personal life[edit]

Rankin was married to actress Kate Hardie from 1995 to 1998.[4] Since 2009 he has been married to model and yoga teacher Tuuli Shipster.[80]

He is a supporter of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, where his wife volunteers, and has donated a series of photographs to the charity.[81][82]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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