Rankin is a true icon of modern photography. His name has become a synonym of innovation, experimentation and transgression. As a magazine editor, he also is acknowledged for his passion for new ideas and talents. He not only aims at making photography an eternal form of art, but also discovers and promotes new talents.
Born in Glasgow in 1966, realized while taking a course in accounting, that this was not the future he dreamt of. He dropped out of class to study photography at the London College of Communication. During this period he met Jefferson Hack, a key event in Rankin’s artistic life, as both men would later create the famous Dazed & Confused Magazine and run it together. Dazed & Confused was a stepping stone in Rankin’s career and brought him fame in the fashion and contemporary art world.
Portraits are an important part of Rankin’s work. From Queen Elizabeth II to Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Moss, Juliette Binoche (for Playboy), Cate Blanchett, Björk, David Bowie and Tony Blair (for the Financial Times), many famous faces of the 20th century were captured by Rankin’s camera.