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John Rankin Waddell (working name Rankin, born 1966, Paisleymarker, near Glasgowmarker) is a Britishmarker portrait and fashion photographer. His subjects have included Britney Spears, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Kylie Minogue, Leonardo DiCaprio, the Spice Girls, Holly Valance, Cate Blanchett, Damien Hirst, Queen Elizabeth II, and Tony Blair.

Born in Glasgowmarker, he was brought up in St Albansmarker, Hertfordshiremarker. After being expelled from school, he briefly studied accountancy at Brighton Polytechnicmarker before moving to Peckhammarker and studying photography at the London College of Printing, which he left to found Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1991, assisted by a £50,000 loan from his father.

He launched his own quarterly fashion magazine, RANK, in December 2000. In 2002 he launched with art gallery owner Alex Proud a photographic book imprint, Vision On. He also publishes Another Magazine and more recently Another Man. He continues to work in fashion, advertising and for magazines internationally. He is divorced from the actress Kate Hardie.

Rankin has recently moved into film production with his project The Lives of the Saints, a gangster film set in Londonmarker.

Rankin was recently the photograper for Regatta’s upcoming advertising campaign featuring outdoor loving celebrities; Bill Oddie, Janet Street-Porter, Michaela Strachan and ex-Blue Petermarker presenter Peter Duncan. The photo shoots which took place at Richmond Parkmarker, Hampstead Heathmarker and a Scenic location in Yorkshire, were part of Regatta’s efforts to promote their forthcoming Spring/Summer 2008 range.[214944]

In January 2009 BBC 4 broadcast his 1 hour documentary Seven Photographs that Changed Fashion in which he created his own tributes to the iconic 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, his girlfriend Tuuli Shipster, Mollie Gondi, Daphne Guinness and David Gandy.

Rankin was also involved with controversial reality show ‘Britain’s Missing Top Model’. The show featured aspiring models with a physical disability competing for a shoot with Rankin to feature in Marie Claire.Despite being impressed with the winner, Kelly Knox, he was concerned that she would find it difficult to progress in the modelling industry with a disability.

He told the show’s website:

“If I’m honest with you, I don’t think the fashion industry will accept her disability. I think she’ll find it really hard, and an uphill struggle. However, what she should do is use everything she’s got going for her – including her disability – to make it work for her.”

Publications

  • Snog (2000)
  • Celebration (2000)
  • Rankinworks (2000)
  • Rankin Male Nudes (2001)
  • Sofasexy: Turning a Cheap Sofa into an Object of Desire (2002)
  • Breeding: A Study of Sexual Ambiguity (2004)
  • Visually Hungry (2007)
  • "Heidilicious" (2009)


References

  1. An image maker at the cutting edge of fashion, John Walsh, The Independent, London, May 3, 2003
  2. The Rankin file, Guy Adams, The Independent, London, March 17, 2007
  3. BBc Four, Profile of Seven Photographs that Changed Fashion


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