Rankin

Rankin is a British photographer, publisher and film director. With a portfolio ranging from portraiture to documentary, he has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and The Queen to name only a few. Fearless behind the lens, his imagery has become engrained in contemporary iconography.

He began his career co-founding the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack, tapping into the consciousness of the 90s and 00s with his intimate approach and playful sense of humour. He has since remained a prevalent force in publishing with AnOther Magazine, the bi-annual Hunger Magazine and over 42 books to his name.

A film fanatic, Rankin soon turned his hand to directing moving image. As both a photographer and director, he has created landmark editorial and advertising campaigns for some of the biggest and most celebrated publications, brands and charities including L’Oreal, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, Women’s Aid, Comic Relief and Oxfam, alongside music videos for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Kelis.

In 2002, he co-directed his debut feature film, The Lives of Saints, written by Toni Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Under the eponymous banner of Rankin Film, Rankin reps a roster of the hottest directing talent working today, creating outstanding work for the worlds of advertising, fashion and music videos.

His affiliation with charities has seen Rankin travel the world, creating powerful campaigns both as a photographer and a director. Having worked with Comic Relief in 2015, he returned in 2017 to create the t-shirts and merchandise for a record-breaking Red Nose Day. His 2017 campaign with Macmillan Cancer Support went viral as people were encouraged to Brave the Shave.

Rankin lives in London with his wife Tuuli and their three dogs, Beans, Pickle and Squidge.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Unfashionable: 30 Years of Fashion Photography 2018
Heidi Klum By Rankin 2017
#NSFW 2016
Hunger The Book 2016
F*CK Y*U Rankin 2014
Andrew Gallimore 2014
More 2013
Caroline Saulnier by Rankin 2012
Spirit of Ecstacy 2012
Ayami by Rankin 2012
Myths 2011
Open 2011
Ten Time Rosie 2010
Portraits 2010
Alex Box 2009
Heidilicious 2009
Rankin’s Cheeky 2009
Visually Hungry 2007
Beautyfull 2007
Tuulitastic 2006
Rankin Portraits 2004
Rankin/Bailey 2003
Breeding 2002
Sofasosexy 2002
Celebritation 2000
Snog 2000
Rankin Works 2000
Female Nudes 1999
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Naked, Kunsthuis Amsterdam 2017
Light Up the Room, Southbank Center, London 2016
Bling Bling Baby, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf 2016
Outside In, Camparu Fashion Avenue, Milan 2016
Less is More, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany 2015
Bond, National Portrait Gallery, London 2015
It’s Glam Up North, Museum of Liverpool 2015
Bjork, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2015
Alive in the Face of Death, Walker Gallery, Liverpool 2014
Selling Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2014
Show Off, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf 2012
Visually Hungry, Wuhan Art Museum, China 2012
Contains Nudity, Other Criteria, London 2012
OPEN, Milk, New York 2011
A Positive View, Somerset House, London 2010
Retrospective & Rankin Live, Truman Brewery, London 2009
Destroy, Phillips De Pury & Company, London 2009
Visually Hungry, Poeba Gallery, Moscow 2008
Dazed & Confused vs. Warhol, Baltic, Gateshead 2007
Golden Jubilee Portfolio, National Portrait Gallery, London 2002
Imperfect Beauty, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2001
Dead Fashionable, Barbican, London 1997
SELECTED AWARDS
Outstanding Contribution Accolade, Scottish Style Awards 2018
Life Time Achievement Award, Mercedes-Bens Bokeh Fashion Film Festival 2016
Coco De Mere Project X, Honourable Mention Fashion Category, Miami Fashion Film Festival 2015
Bronze Pencil Award for Direction, The One Club for Creativity 2012
Hall of Fame, WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2012