Rankin is staging an exhibition at London’s Other Criteria gallery entitled Rankin: Contains Nudity. It operates as the London counterpart to the LA exhibition of the same name, and features 12 of his nudes selected from his extensive back catalogue.
‘I am very excited to be showing my work at Other Criteria’, said Rankin, ‘and particularly honoured to be the inaugural photographer exhibiting in the new ‘Photography Room’’: ‘I have long been an admirer of what Other Criteria do and feel privileged to be part of the roster,’ he added.
The More major exhibition in LA provides a mini 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.
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.
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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.