Sunday, 19 May 2013

Rankin - ALIVE: In the face of Death

John Rankin Waddell, or to you and me Rankin, world renowned English portrait and fashion photographer is hosting an exhibition in the Walker Art Gallery from 17th May - 15th September. 
Synonymous with compelling portraiture, Rankin’s lens is known for his ability to capture, create and unveil icons. Following the establishment of Dazed & Confused magazine with business partner Jefferson Hack in 1992, Rankin took his photography to the wider market, creating landmark editorial and advertising campaigns. His body of work features some of the most celebrated publications, biggest brands and pioneering charities, including Nike, Swatch, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, Women’s Aid, and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. He has shot covers for Elle, German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire and GQ.

ALIVE: In the face of death is the photographers look at death and mortality.  The
collaboration between the Walker Art Gallery and Rankin has been developed by BBC North and BBC Two’s The Culture Show as media partner. 
Part of the exhibition will feature images of everyday people who know they are running out of time. Through a series of powerful photographs Rankin has documented the stories of very special people. Rather than focusing on death, ALIVE: In The Face of Death is also about celebrating life and diversity of character. The exhibition will also feature images of people who have pulled through against all the odds.

Rankin, 46, said: “This is one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever been involved in and looks at life in the face of death. The issue of death is emotive. Part of this exhibition has involved me taking photographs of people with terminal illness which has been quite a challenging process.

“I’ve met some amazing people and I think each portrait brings out the vitality of each subject, their humour and unique qualities.”
National Museums Liverpool Director of Art Galleries Sandra Penketh said: “It is a major coup for the Walker to have an exhibition by one of the world’s most influential photographers. The subject of mortality is challenging and Rankin has tackled it in a very moving way.
“The Walker has a long history of thought-provoking exhibitions. We are very excited to be working with Rankin and the BBC on what will be a deeply emotional exhibition.”

This exhibition forms part of the LOOK/13: Liverpool International Photography Festival which launches on Friday 17 May and will see dozens of photographic exhibitions and events taking place across the city.
This is the second time National Museums Liverpool has worked with Rankin. In 2009 he visited World Museum as part of his Shoot Me, Rankin project which saw him photograph 1,000 people to form a portrait of modern Britain. At World Museum Rankin photographed dozens of Liverpudlians.
More details about the exhibition can be found here:

Photos and info from Liverpool Museums Website

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