A new exhibition covering twenty years of shakers and movers in the modelling trade, launches in LA next week. The negatives have been dusted off and the prints spot toned to show off this highly commercial collection from the English-born photographer Rankin. It is set to tantalise the public into buying some of the most iconic images of some of the best known faces in the fashion industry.The Rankin Gallery is a Los Angeles-based exhibition space devoted to the work of the founder of Dazed And Confused Magazine. The work goes on display tomorrow, Monday (April 16) and features tasteful but explicit imagery of the female form.
The show is titled, “Contains Nudity, which will be a sort of retrospective of Rankin’s handling of the erotic side of his fashion shoots. It includes some models with such household names as Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, Erin O’Connor, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Yasmin Le Bon and the former Mrs Seal, Heidi Klum,. It will run for six weeks,until May 26th at the Rankin Gallery which is located at 8070 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, California.
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.
Rankin has published over 30 books, is regularly exhibited in galleries around the world, and has recently opened galleries in London and Los Angeles. His latest major retrospective exhibition, ‘Open Rankin’, ran at his gallery in Los Angeles, and at the Milk Gallery in New York. 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’, and most recently a programme tracking back through the rise and fall of Life Magazine and its pioneering photographers.