λ RANKIN (BRITISH B. 1966)
NUDE WITH WINGS PERCHING ON A TREE BRANCH
Sheet 147 x 117cm (57¾ x 46 in.)
lnc. frame 167 x 137cm (65 ¼ x 54in.)
John Rankin Waddell (b.1966), more commonly known as Rankin, is a British portrait and fashion photographer and director whose imagery has become ingrained within contemporary iconography . During his career Rankin has shot a number of models and celebrities including Hedi Klum, Madonna, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, and of course Kate Moss, who's portrait is featured in this auction. As well as being the co-founder (with Jefferson Hack) of Dazed and Confused magazine during the 1990s, Rankin has remained a prevalent force within the publishing world with additional magazines including the bi-annual Hunger Magazine and AnOther Magazine.
In addition, Rankin's work has been featured in other publications such as GQ, Vogue and Marie Claire . In 2011, the same year that he founded Hunger, Rankin also launched Rankin Film in order to be able to produce and direct his own commercial and editorial film work. During his career Rankin is responsible for a number of ground-breaking advertising campaigns including Dove, L'Oreal, Woman's Aid, Comic Relief (2015 and 2017) and Oxfam. In 2014, Rankin's documentary Seven Photographs that Changed Fashion was broadcast on BBC 4 and in 2017, Rankin's campaign with Macmillan Cancer Support went viral when he encouraged people to 'Brave the Shave'.
Rankin has worked on music videos for artists including Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Kelis.
In 2002 Rankin was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal Photographic Society
The present work was inspired by the Cottingley Fairy images created in 1917 by schoolgirls Frances Griffith and Elsie Wright, which caught the public imagination and were cited by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as evidence psychic phenomena. In 2004 Nokia commissioned a new series of works and in an interview at the time Rankin explained `Ive always been captivated by the Cottingley fairy photographs and have harboured a secret ambition to give them a modern day reworking!' (ePHOTOzine, Nokia & Rankin unite in fairy tale collaboration. 9 June 2004)
The photograph is unexamined out of its frame. There is a small amount of dust trapped behind the glass and there are very minor scuffs to the edges of the frame. Generally it is in excellent original condition.
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