Special Projects

A Gala Celebration
Old Vic Theatre

Rankin was invited to photograph some of the guests back stage at the Old Vic Theatre. Stars were gathered at the legendary theatre to celebrate the end of Kevin Spacey’s tenure.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Mother’s Day Special

Rankin has shot everyone from the Queen of England to the Queen of Pop. But earlier this year he staged one of his most unique shoots to date. Rankin extended an invitation to the mothers of Rankin Photography and Hunger magazine to come down to the studio for a day of pampering and a portrait taken by him.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Andrew Gallimore by Rankin

Rankin teams up with Hunger’s very own visionary Beauty-Editor-At-Large for the latest instalment in Rankin’s beauty book series, Andrew Gallimore by Rankin. With a creative partnership spanning several years, the pair’s most recent project documents their most arresting work to date as well as featuring new material shot exclusively for this hard-bound coffee table book.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
F*CK Y*U

Giving the finger, flipping the bird, up yours! For hundreds of years the middle finger (or two if you’re from Great Britain) has been the wordless insult of choice for people the world over – regardless of what phraseology you choose to accompany it. And it’s this age-old sign that Rankin has chosen to focus on in his latest book, F*ck Y*u.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
CENSORSHIP

Created for ‘The Fearless’ issue of The Hunger, Rankin dressed the models in nothing but glitter and tape.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
BIFA

BIFA celebrates independently funded British filmmaking – honouring homegrown talent and promoting the industry to a wider public. For their 2013 awards ceremony which took place in November, Rankin shot some of the British film industry’s finest talent, from James McAvoy and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett to Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes. The black and white portraits adorned the walls of the impressive Old Billingsgate Market, where the ceremony was held.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tuuli by Dar

‘Tuuli by DAR’ comprises a series of unique & beautiful images, each of which see Tuuli transformed by DAR’s creative director. Inspired by the art series ‘DAR THE BOOK’, Johny Dar’s designs were painted directly onto Tuuli’s body: twelve intricate, original motifs weave across her bare skin. Rankin’s lens captures the beauty of the female form. This limited edition calendar was published in November by Rankin Photography and distributed by Turnaround Publisher Services.
   
   
   
   
ALIVE in the face of death

Death affects us all, it’s inevitable, we know that. But what we don’t know is how we’d react when staring death in the face and given a time frame to live by.

For Alive I photographed and got to know people touched by death – those battling terminal illness, those who have faced near death experiences and those who have lived against the odds. I also looked into the views of workers in the death industry, from embalmers to coffin-makers.

ALIVE was filmed for a BBC documentary summer 2013 and a public exhibition was held in May 2013 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
   
   
   
Disco Kids

Rankin gets the picture of the ambitious and flamboyant world of kids disco.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
House Of Lush

Published in The Hunger, Issue 3, HOUSE OF has collected beauty’s most innovative artists to visually respond to what LUSH means to them.

Concept: Kim Howells
Artists: Ayami Nishimura, Marcian Newman, Terry Barber, Kenna, Peter Gray, Isamya Ffrench and Charlie Le Mindu.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Caroline Saulnier by Rankin

As two of the most respected practitioners of their professions, photographer Rankin and makeup artist Caroline Saulnier have come together to create a beauty book of stunning artistry and the third in Rankin’s series. The special collaboration showcases the talent and strong aesthetic styles of both artists in a series of sensual, visually compelling images.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Spirit of Ecstasy

The Spirit of Ecstasy, the enigmatic symbol of Rolls-Royce, celebrates her centenary in 2011.

To commemorate the occasion, Rolls Royce Motor Cars commissioned Rankin to create a series of one hundred contemporary images, each one inspired by the Spirit of Ecstasy.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Rankin Portraits

Rankin has selected arresting images of iconic personalities such as Kate Moss, Adele and Terence Stamp for his latest book celebrating icons of our generation. Portraits united some of Rankin’s most recognisable portraiture with a collection of previously unseen works.

The book was produced in collaboration with Sea Design and Robert Horne.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ayami Nishimura by Rankin

Photographer Rankin presents the second in his beauty book series – collaborating with avant garde makeup artist, Ayami Nishimura. The book presents a collection of enchanting and distinctive beauty portraits, which push the boundaries of makeup artistry to the limit.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Myths, Monsters and Legends

Long-term friends Rankin and artist Damien Hirst, come together in a collaboration, titled, ‘Myths, Monsters and Legends.’ The pair leverage their respective creative mediums and shared dark wit in a project born out of a joint fascination with the ancient world, an interest in contextualising it in a modern environment. ‘Myths, Monsters and Legends’ is an exploration of imagined narratives and monsters of past civilisations, viewed through a modern lens.
   
   
   
   
   
Surface Attraction

In partnership with GF Smith, Rankin had fun pushing the parameters of what is considered to be beautiful today.
   
   
   
   
Rankin’s Rubbish

Rankin has always has a fascination with minute elements, and the details that emerge when you look at something closely. For Rankin’s Rubbish, he took inspiration from Irving Penn’s still life images of cigarette butts and other discarded items, elevating objects from mundane to worthy of admiration.
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eyescapes

A celebration of the human iris, Eyescapes sees Rankin capturing the striking colours and remarkable patterns of the human eye. The project included the eyes of Rankin’s friends family and work colleagues.

“The eye is the first thing that I look at. I always ask subjects to communicate with the camera through their eyes”
   
   
   
   
   
   
American Horror

Originally published in 125 Mag, this beauty shoot plays with stereotypical American characters personified in cult slasher films.
   
   
   
   
   
Alex Box

A unique collaboration between Rankin and visionary makeup artist, Alex Box. The result is a collection of hauntingly beautiful and visually stunning images.
   
   
   
   
   
Couture in the 21st Century.

In this collaboration with Harrods, Rankin has captured designers in personal portraits, capturing their personality humor and style. Featuring interviews with names such as Prada, Oscar de la Renta and Paul Smith, the book focuses on the importance of considering past movements in fashion and how those ideas work as a foundation for future design.
   
   
   
   
   
Rankin’s Cheeky

Rankin’s tongue-in-cheeky style and respect for the female form culminates in this collection of erotica. Including the likes of Kate Moss, Lily Cole and Helena Christensen, the images are a playful, mischievous exploration of women who are comfortable and happy in their own skin.
   
   
   
   
   
Heidilicious

A tribute to one of the most iconic models of our time, Heidilicious is a unique insight to Heidi Klum’s many moods and personas. Having worked together for 7 years this book is a reflection of the trust and friendship between photographer and model.
   
   
   
   
   
   
BIFA

A selection of the 2008 The British Independent Film Awards nominated and award winning actors and actresses.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Macallan

In a rare opportunity for him to return to his beloved Scotland, Rankin shot 1,000 polaroids to promote Macallan’s 30 year old, single malt whiskey.

Exploring every nook and cranny of the Macallan Estate this series of images beautifully contrasts the artistic nude studies of Tuuli alongside shots of the brewery, distillery, still-lives and the Easter Elchies House.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Me Me Me

Self-portraits and role-play have been an area of expression within Rankin’s work throughout his career. Rankin de-constructs the illusion of self-representation in this series of portraits of himself. Digitally manipulated and hyper-real, they poke a humorous and irreverent stick at his own self-image, ranging from himself as a pointed-eared hairy pig, to his own bride to be, morphing into Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer, a human glitter ball and even The Spice Girls!
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Front Row

Front Row celebrates the contribution and extraordinary performances of many great artists and individuals including actress, Fiona Shaw, designer, Sir Terence Conran, author, Jacqueline Wilson and composer, Vladimir Ashkenazy.

A number of the portraits are still exhibited on London’s Southbank.
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tuulitastic

A photographic love letter to celebrate the truly special model and wife of Rankin: Tuuli. Regularly collaborating on a range of projects, this collection of images portrays the various sides of Tuuli, from the playful and innocent to the vulnerable and intimate.

Rankin says, “I have never before been so inspired by one person to photograph them again and again.”
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
One Dress

One Dress brings together an eclectic group of personalities, models and celebrities from different disciplines and backgrounds, all of whom project their personality and individuality through the wearing of the same iconic Gucci dress. The project is also a tribute to many of the women that have influenced and inspired Rankin over the years, and participants include Daphne Selfe, Jodie Kidd, Marianne Faithful, Nicole and Natalie Appleton, and Carmen Consoli.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Sofasosexy

For this deeply personal foray away from the unreal world of celebrity cover shoots and high-end image manipulation, it is fitting that Rankin chose the decidedly un-glam but universally familiar setting of a battered old sofa upon which to capture a characteristically honest and humorous study of sexual intimacy. Discarding their inhibitions, along with their underwear, some of the sexiest models and glamour girls on the planet willingly melded lips, lashes and cleavage with the seams and folds of the orange mock-leather sofa in Rankin’s old Dazed & Confused offices.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Breeding

In Breeding Rankin shows his subtlety and depth. Here the images are contemplative and questioning. The inherent androgyny of many of the models is exaggerated, passing simple comment on human sexuality and how it is represented. Models include Kate Moss and Helena Christensen.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Snog

A fun set of images, Snog shows dozens of couples snogging for the world to see. These are volunteers, members of the public, untouched by make-up artists or stylists. Featuring boys kissing girls kissing men kissing older men kissing older women kissing younger men, Snog transcends any lurking prejudices by the sheer visible joy of the moment.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Wax Works

Rankin explores eyes playing tricks with this series of celebrity wax works.