Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Rankin on Desert Island Discs

Photography is he says "like a seduction. It's a relationship compressed into a moment."

Any regular readers will know that I am a TINY bit obsessed with DID and have long been enamoured of Rankin's photography so imagine my delight when I heard that he was going to be on the programme. If you missed it, it's available here and also will be repeated on Radio Four at 9am this Friday. I won't ruin any of it for you suffice to say that he's made some corking music choices (Morcambe and Wise anyone?) and seems like a thoroughly lovely chap.

John Rankin Waddell born 1966, is an English portrait and fashion photographer and that's putting it mildly. He's been photographing the great, good and interesting for over two decades ( deep breath - Britney Spears, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, the Spice Girls, Madonna, David Bowie, Björk, Juliette Binoche, Lily Allen, Cheryl Cole, David Gandy, Kevin Spacey, The Rolling Stones, Vivienne Westwood, Cate Blanchett, Damien Hirst, Queen Elizabeth II, Tony Blair - could go on!) started Dazed and Confused with Jefferson Hack and in December 2000 launched his own quarterly fashion magazine, RANK. He also publishes Another Magazine, Another Man and more recently HUNGER. As well of all of the above, he does heaps of charity work, has his fingers in some very well known ad campaigns (Dove's Real Women for example) AND makes documentaries and music videos. Phew! Enjoy listening.

Hermione Granger

Monica Belluci


Dove's Real Women
All images OBVIOUSLY by Rankin.

1 comment:

  1. I have known Rankin for about eighteen years. He knew early on that snapping celebrities would open doors, he also knew that once open, the door had to be wedged open so that it could not shut. Opening the door and keeping it open are not easy steps to take when you begin and continue your career. Hats off to him for finding that right way to take a realistic portrait in the world of glamour! How very British.


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