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About Rankin Photography Ltd

Rankin made his name in publishing, founding the seminal monthly magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1992. It provided a platform for innovation for emerging stylists, designers, photographers and writers. The magazine went on to forge a distinctive mark in the arts and publishing spheres, and developed a cult status forming and moulding trends, and bringing some of the brightest lights in fashion to the foreground.

Rankin has created landmark editorial and advertising campaigns. His body of work features some of the most celebrated publications, biggest brands and pioneering charities, including Nike, Swatch, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, Women’s Aid, and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. He has shot covers for Elle, German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone and Wonderland. His work has always endeavoured to question social norms and ideas of beauty and, in late 2000, Rankin published the heteroclite quarterly Rank, an experimental anti-fashion magazine celebrating the unconventional.

In 2001, Jefferson and Rankin launched AnOther Magazine. With a focus on fashion, originality, and distinction. In response to the expanding menswear market, in 2005 AnOther Man was introduced, combining intelligent editorial with groundbreaking design and style. More recently, the Dazed Group has established itself as an online authority, via AnOthermag.com, Dazeddigital.com and Dazedtv.com. Rankin celebrated Dazed & Confused’s 20th anniversary, shooting 20 front covers of Dazed favourites and 20 inside covers of the next generation of talent, for the December 2011 issue.

Tapping into the consciousness of the 90s and 00s with his intimate approach and playful sense of humour, Rankin became known for his portraiture of bands, artists, supermodels and politicians. Having photographed everyone from the Queen of England to the Queen of Pop, Rankin is often seen as a celebrity photographer. However, his plethora of campaigns and projects featuring ‘real women’ marked him out as a genuinely passionate portrait photographer, no matter who the subject. Always pursuing personal projects which push his limits, high impact charity projects, and groundbreaking commercial campaigns, Rankin has stood out for his creative fearlessness. His first major worldwide and award-winning campaign – Dove’s ‘Real Women’ – epitomised his approach: to reveal the honesty of the connection and collaborative process between photographer and subject. Personal or commercial, Rankin’s images have become part of contemporary iconography, evidence of his frankness and passion for all aspects of modern culture, and its representation in the photographed image.

Rankin has published over 30 books, is regularly exhibited in galleries around the world, as well as his own London gallery. His museum-scale exhibition ‘Show Off’ opened at NRW Dusseldorf in September 2012, pulling in over 30,000 visitors in 3 months.

 In the last few years, he has frequently turned his hand to studies of photography through TV presenting. Working with the BBC, he has featured in a number of seminal documentaries – ‘The Seven Photographs that Changed Fashion’, ‘South Africa in Pictures’, ‘Shooting the Stars’, ‘The Life Magazine Photographers’ and most recently, an in-depth documentary into the modern approach to death in, ‘Alive: In the Face of Death’. His affiliation with charities has seen Rankin travel the world, creating powerful campaigns both as a photographer and a director. With Oxfam, he visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya, and in 2011 hosted an Oxglam exhibition, featuring work from some of the world’s most talented emerging young photographers, and raising money for the charity. 2013 sees a planned trip to Jordan and Lebanon with Oxfam.

In 2009, Rankin undertook the biggest project of his career – Rankin Live, a mammoth, interactive spectacle and exhibition. Always interested in the democratisation of the image, and also a keen advocate of the amazing digital advances of the photographic industry, Rankin Live was the culmination of the accessibility and speed of modern photography. Rankin proved that everyone can look like a magazine cover star as, for 7 straight weeks, he photographed people off the street, one every 15 minutes – retouching, printing and hanging the image within half an hour of the shutter being fired. Rankin photographed over 1600 Londoners, before then taking Rankin Live on tour in Mexico and New York.

In 2011, Rankin Film Productions was born. Rankin developed a taste for film directing music videos, commercials, and short films with co-director Chris Cottam between 2002 and 2009, including their debut feature film, The Lives of Saints. Written by Toni Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), it won the grand jury prize at the Salento International Film Festival. Since 2009, Rankin has continued to direct independently on both commercial and personal projects. Taking on the new role of Executive Producer, Rankin recently founded Collabor8te, in association with The Bureau and Dazed TV. Collabor8te calls on scriptwriters and directors to submit their ideas for narrative film, promising to turn a selection of these dreams into a reality, producing them, featuring them on Dazed TV, and running them on the international film festival circuit.

In November 2011, Rankin returned to magazine publishing with a fresh offering – The Hunger. A biannual fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine, The Hunger and its associated Hunger TV website – a video-based digital platform featuring in-depth interviews, fashion films, blogs, updates, and previews – marked Rankin’s return to the fashion world with an understanding that the future is not only printed but digital too.

Rankin lives in London with his wife, Tuuli, and son, Lyle.

Clients of Rankin Photography Ltd

125 Magazine
A4 Magazine
Adidas
Alcohol Awareness
Alexander McQueen
Allergan
Amazon
American Photo
Angeleno Magazine
Ann Taylor
AnOther Magazine
AnOther Man
Arena Magazine
ASOS
Astor
Aussie Hair
Autographer
Avon
Axe
Baileys
Bare Escentuals
BBC
Beats by Dr Dre
BIFA
Blend Magazine
Blender
BMB / Clic Sargent
BMW
Body & Soul
Body Shop
Boots
Braun
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Breuninger
Britain’s Next Top Model
British Airways
British Heart Foundation
British Independent Film Awards
Brylcreem
BT Essence of the Entrepreneur
Canderel
Canon
Capcom
Cartier
Cavalli
Children In Need
Christ
Christina Aguilera – Diva Perfume
Citizen K
City Magazine
Clairol
Clash
Clemency
Coca-Cola
Comic Relief
Coppafeel!
Corriere Della Sera
Cosmopolitan Germany
Coty
Crisis
Crows Nest
D&AD
Damien Hirst – T-Shirts
DAR
Dazed & Confused
Dazed Korea
Di Modolo
Diageo
Diesel
Dogs Trust
Dom Pérignon
Dove
Dove Iris
Elle Czech
Elle Girl
Elle Italy
Elle Macpherson Intimates
Elle Russia
Elle UK
Elle Ukraine
Emperor Moth
Entertainment Weekly USA
Equinox
Errol Douglas
ES Magazine
ESB
Esquire
Evans
Evolution Coaching
Feldpausch
Ferrari
FHI Heat
FHM
FHM France
FHM Russia
Financial Times
Fish Love
Ford Motor Company
Flaunt Magazine
French Connection
French Playboy
G-Star Raw
Germany’s Next Top Model
GF Smith
GHD
Glamour Italy
Got Milk
GQ
Granta Magazine
Grazia
Guinness
H Stern
H&M
Häagen-Dazs
Hannah Marshall
Harper Collins
Harpers Bazaar
Harpers Bazaar Russia
Harrods
Harrods Magazine
Heidi Surprise
Heineken
Henkel
Homme Magazine
House of Fraser
HSI
Hugo Boss
Hunger
HungerTV
Industria Magazine
InStyle Magazine
Interview Magazine
ITV2 – Diary of a Call Girl
Jameson
Jamie Baird
Jemella Group
Jeremy Scott
Jitrois
Jive Records
John Lewis
Jordache
Justin Timberlake
Kailis
Keep a Child Alive
Kipling
Kleenex
Kookai
L’Officiel
L’Oreal
La Foret
La Redoute
Labrinth
Laforet Harajuku
Lancaster
Landmark
Lascivious Lingerie
Leica
Lever Fabergé Limited
Levis
LG Mobile
Liberation Magazine
Longchamp
Look Magazine
Love Magazine
Lycra
Macallan
Macmillan Publishers
Madame Figaro
Maison Cailler
Marc Jacobs
Marie Claire Paris
Marks & Spencer
Martini
Matthew Williamson
Max Factor
Max Magazine
Meltin Pot
Mercedes
Minaqua
Missoni
Monoprix
Morgan de Toi
Nails Inc
National Citizen Service
New Balance
Nexxus
NHS Childhood Obesity
Nike
Nivea
No7
Nokia
O2 Communications
Oakley
Olay
On Off
Opus
Oral B
Orangina
Otard
Other Criteria
Outkast Jive Records
Oxfam
Ozine Magazine
P&G
Pantene
Patrick Cox
Paul Kehl
Peacocks
Penguin
Pepsi
Pernod Ricard
Peroni
Philips
PKZ
Police eyewear
PPQ
Prada
Premiere Magazine
Pretty Green
Pretty Polly
Prince’s Trust
Pringle
Q Magazine
QVC
Qvest Magazine
Rank
Ranked
Ray Gun Magazine
Razorbill Penguin
Re-bel Magazine
Red Bull
Reebok
REN
Rimmel
Rollacoaster Magazine
Rolls Royce
Romerquelle
Ronnie Woods – Macmillan
S Magazine
S Moda Magazine
Saga Magazine
Samsung
Sass And Bide
Seal – System Album Cover
Self Magazine
Selfridges
Sennheiser
Stern Magazine
Shortlist Magazine
Shots Magazine
Sightsavers
SKII
Sky
Smart Car
Snowbabies
Sony
Soup Magazine
Southbank Centre
Special Olympics
Spin Magazine
Sports Relief
Stephen Webster
Strut Magazine
Stylist Magazine
Sunday Times Style
Swatch
Tabooboo
Taft
Tatler
The Big Issue
The Children’s Society
The Edrington Group
The Hollywood Reporter
The New York Times
The Observer
The Word Magazine
Thomas Wylde
Tiger Magazine
Times Magazine
Toni & Guy
Tourism Australia
TRESemmé
Triumph
Umbro
Unicef
Unilever
UniversalNBC
Universal Music
Vanity Fair
Victoria’s Secret
Vidal Sassoon
Virgin Active
Vitamin Water
VO5
Vodafone
Vogue Germany
Vogue Russia
Volkswagen
Volt Magazine
VS Magazine
Warner Brothers
Wedgewood
Weight Watchers
Whiskas
Wimbledon
Wolford
Woman’s Vote
Women’s Aid
Women’s Health Magazine
Wonderbra
Wound Magazine
Xelibri
You Magazine
Zales
Zink Magazine