Rankin (photographer)

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Rankin in November 2019
John Rankin Waddell

1966 (age 54–55)
Alma materUniversity of the Arts London
Known forPhotography
Notable work
Queen Elizabeth portrait
(m. 1995⁠–⁠1998)
Tuuli Shipster
(m. 2009)
Websiterankinphoto.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata

John Rankin Waddell (born 1966), also known under his working name Rankin, is a British portrait and fashion photographer and director.

Best known as the founder of Dazed and Confused magazine (along with Jefferson Hack), and for his photography of models including Kate Moss and Heidi Klum, celebrities such as Madonna and David Bowie and his portrait of Elizabeth II. His work has appeared in magazines such as GQ, Vogue and Marie Claire. In 2011 Rankin started the biannual fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine, Hunger and launched Rankin Film to produce and direct his own commercial and editorial film work.

Early life[edit]

Brought up in Scotland and Yorkshire, Waddell attended Thirsk School and Sixth Form College.


Whilst studying accounting at Brighton Polytechnic, he realised that his interests lay elsewhere and dropped out, taking up the study of photography at Barnfield College Luton and then London College of Printing. During this time, Rankin met Jefferson Hack, with whom he formed a working relationship. In 1992 the two decided to start a magazine together called Dazed & Confused.[1]

In December 2000 Rankin launched his own quarterly fashion magazine, Rank. He also publishes Another Magazine, Another Man and more recently Hunger, a website and biannual fashion and lifestyle magazine.[1]

In 2002, Rankin was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal Photographic Society.[citation needed]

In April 2009 Rankin created Annroy, a contemporary structure designed by Trevor Horne Architects that is home to Rankin’s own photographic studio, gallery and living space, where he lives with his wife and model Tuuli Shipster.[citation needed] Each month Annroy holds a different exhibition, which features some of Rankin’s current work.[citation needed]

In 2010, Rankin travelled to South Africa with the BBC to shoot the documentary, South Africa in Pictures[2] The same year, Rankin was commissioned by Nike and Bono’s Product Red in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to shoot a global Nike campaign, Lace Up Save Lives, to raise awareness about the disease.[citation needed]

In 2011 Rankin served as the photography teacher in the Channel 4 series Jamie's Dream School featuring Jamie Oliver.[citation needed] He also presented the BBC Four documentary America in Pictures - The Story of Life Magazine.[citation needed] In May 2012 it was confirmed that Rankin would be re-shooting Azealia Banks's music video for her single "Liquorice".[3]

In January 2014, BBC 4 broadcast his 1 hour documentary Seven Photographs that Changed Fashion, in which he created his own tributes to images by Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, David Bailey and Guy Bourdin. He interviewed an array of original photographers, models and assistants, and used contemporary models including Heidi Klum, Erin O'Connor, Jade Parfitt, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Tuuli Shipster, Mollie Gondi, Daphne Guinness and David Gandy.[4]

Rankin was involved with television reality show Britain's Missing Top Model.[citation needed] The show followed eight young women with disabilities who competed for a modeling contract, which includes a photo shoot with Rankin and a cover photo in Marie Claire. Rankin has shot for Germany's Next Topmodel, where he was a guest judge,[citation needed] and regularly works with the winner of Cycle 2 of Britains Next Top Model Lianna Fowler.[citation needed]

Rankin has donated his services to publicity campaigns for the charitable organisation Women's Aid, providing photographs for use in the What's it going to take? and Valentine's Day campaigns.[citation needed]

In 2019, Rankin designed a digital philanthropy card in collaboration with Phil Ropy for Surfrider Foundation Europe.[5] The card features the environmental non-profit organisation which has been fighting to protect and preserve the ocean since 1990. Rankin created a Plastic Monster made of plastic waste for the card, as a metaphor for plastic pollution. It was released on 7 August 2019. The cards' proceeds are redistributed to the organization.[6]


In February 2011, Rankin expressed the opinion that "in America the Jewish zealots are so powerful. Especially in the entertainment industry." [7] After this was reported, Rankin said "of course this is not my official position and I apologise wholeheartedly for my use of language and any offence this may have caused."[8]


  • Hello Sexy & Welcome (1995)
  • Rankin Photographs (1998)
  • Rankin Female Nudes (1999)
  • Rankinworks (2000)
  • Snog (2000)
  • Celebration (2000)
  • Rankin Male Nudes (2001)
  • Sofasexy: Turning a Cheap Sofa into an Object of Desire (2002)
  • Breeding: A Study of Sexual Ambiguity (2004)
  • Rankin / Bailey (2003)
  • Rankin's Portraits (2004)
  • Fashion Stories (2004)
  • Surface Seduction (2005)
  • The Hard Sell (2005)
  • Breast Friends (2006)
  • Tuulitastic (2006)
  • Beautyfull (2007)
  • Visually Hungry (2007)
  • Sold Out (2009)
  • Ranked (2009)
  • Surface Attraction (2009)
  • Rankin's Cheeky (2009)
  • Heidilicious (2009)
  • Destroy (2009)
  • A Photographic Essay of the Macallan Estate (2009)
  • Alex Box (2009)
  • Oxfam - We are Congo (2010)
  • Rankin Jozi (2010)
  • Rankin Portraits (2010)
  • Painting Pretty Pictures (2010)
  • Couture In The 21st Century (2010)
  • Rankin Live Women (2010)
  • Ten Times Rosie (2010)
  • Open Exhibition Catalogue (2011)
  • Myths, Monsters & Legends (2011)
  • Dazed & Confused Making It Up As We Go Along (2011)
  • Ayami Nishimura by Rankin (2012)
  • Rankin Portraits (2012)
  • Spirit of Ecstasy (2012)
  • Caroline Saulnier by Rankin (2012)
  • More by Rankin (2013)
  • Alive: In the Face of Death (2014)
  • F*CK Y*U (2014)
  • Andrew Gallimore (2014)
  • Blood, Sweat & Bond (2015)
  • For Queen and Country (2016)
  • Hunger The Book (2016)
  • #NSFW (2016)
  • Heidi Klum By Rankin (2017)
  • Unfashionable: 30 Years of Fashion Photography (2019)
  • Creative Influence (2019)
  • Marco x Rankin (2019)
  • Let's Reset (2019)

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ a b Milligan, Lauren (2 February 2012). "Rankin's Hunger". Vogue. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ "BBC - Programmes - Page not found". BBC. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Cite uses generic title (help)
  3. ^ "Azealia Banks confirms new mixtape". 10 May 2012.
  4. ^ BBC Four, Profile of Seven Photographs that Changed Fashion
  5. ^ Frometa, RJ (7 August 2019). "Rankin's Plastic Monster for Surfrider Foundation rampages social media". Vents Magazine. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Rankin's Latest Campaign Against Plastic Pollution Goes Viral". Look To The Stars. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Rankin Interview: In Defence Of Britain, Miley, Scarlett and the right". 13 February 2014.
  8. ^ McElroy, Damien (13 February 2014). "Rankin: 'Power of Jewish zealots' led to Scarlett Johansson resigning from Oxfam" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.

External links[edit]

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