Shoot me Rankin

In my last post, I mentioned that I’d bought a copy of Black + White Photography magazine. One of the most interesting things in it was an article on Rankin, who has photographed a wide selection of celebrities.

He is currently mounting an exhibition in which he is photographing 1000 people between 31 July 2009 and 18 September 2009, and printing and hanging the pictures. Anyone could apply and pay £50 for the privelege of being shot by him, with the proceeds going to charity.

Rankin has a website with a lot of his work on display and there is a separate site for the Shoot Me Rankin exhibition. There are a lot of pictures to look at and draw inspiration from, on his sites. Well worth a visit.

Boy, I’d love to be able to see that exhibition and the many others on the go in the UK. It’s a disadvantage of living down here in the pimple on Africa’s backside. We do have wildlife, but still..

Rankin recently completed an hour-long TV documentary called Seven Photographs That Changed Fashion. In it, he recreated famous pictures by Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, David Bailey and Guy Bourdin. I enjoyed the programme very much, when a friend found it on YouTube but, unfortunately, it has now been removed.

We’ll just have to hope that it arrives here eventually by legal means. Not that that looks all that hopeful, in light of the fact that BBC Entertainment seems to believe that we’ll all be happy if they just keep re-running old Top Gear episodes.

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