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John Rankin Waddell (born 1966), also known under his working name Rankin, is a British portrait and fashion photographer.

Born John Rankin Waddell
Occupation Photographer


Life and careerEdit

Waddell attended Thirsk School and Sixth Form College. Whilst studying accounting at Brighton Polytechnic, he realised that his interests lay elsewhere and dropped out, taking up the study of photography at Barnfield College Luton and then London College of Printing. During this time, Rankin met Jefferson Hack, with whom he formed a working relationship. In 1992, the two decided to start a magazine together called Dazed & Confused after they graduated.[1]

In December 2000 Rankin launched his own quarterly fashion magazine, Rank. He also publishes Another Magazine, Another Man and more recently Hunger, biannual fashion and lifestyle magazine and website.[1]

In addition, Rankin has donated his services to publicity campaigns for the charitable organisation Women's Aid, providing photographs for use in the What's it going to take? and Valentine's Day campaigns.[citation needed]

In April 2009 Rankin created Annroy, a contemporary structure designed by Trevor Horne Architects that is home to Rankin’s own photographic studio, gallery and living space, where he lives with his wife and model Tuuli Shipster.[citation needed] Each month Annroy holds a different exhibition, which features some of Rankin’s current work.[citation needed]

In 2002, Rankin was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal Photographic Society.[citation needed]

In January 2014, BBC 4 broadcast his 1 hour documentary Seven Photographs that Changed Fashion, in which he created his own tributes to images by Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, David Bailey and Guy Bourdin. He interviewed an array of original photographers, models and assistants, and used contemporary models including Heidi Klum, Erin O'Connor, Jade Parfitt, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Tuuli Shipster, Mollie Gondi, Daphne Guinness and David Gandy.[2]

In 2010, Rankin travelled to South Africa with the BBC to shoot the documentary, South Africa in Pictures[3] The same year, Rankin was commissioned by Nike and Bono’s Product Red in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to shoot a global Nike campaign, Lace Up Save Lives, to raise awareness about the disease.[citation needed]

Rankin was involved with television reality show Britain's Missing Top Model.[citation needed] The show followed eight young women with disabilities who competed for a modeling contract, which includes a photo shoot with Rankin and a cover photo in Marie Claire. Rankin has shot for Germany's Next Topmodel, where he was a guest judge,[citation needed] and regularly works with the winner of Cycle 2 of Britains Next Top Model Lianna Fowler.[citation needed]

In 2011 Rankin served as the photography teacher in the Channel 4 series Jamie's Dream School featuring Jamie Oliver.[citation needed] He also presented the BBC Four documentary America in Pictures - The Story of Life Magazine.[citation needed] In May 2012 it was confirmed that Rankin would be re-shooting Azealia Banks's music video for her single "Liquorice".[4]

In February 2011, Rankin expressed the opinion that "in America the Jewish zealots are so powerful. Especially in the entertainment industry." [5] After this was reported, Rankin said "of course this is not my official position and I apologise wholeheartedly for my use of language and any offence this may have caused."[6]


  • Hello Sexy & Welcome (1995)
  • Rankin Photographs (1998)
  • Rankin Female Nudes (1999)
  • Rankinworks (2000)
  • Snog (2000)
  • Celebration (2000)
  • Rankin Male Nudes (2001)
  • Sofasexy: Turning a Cheap Sofa into an Object of Desire (2002)
  • Breeding: A Study of Sexual Ambiguity (2004)
  • Rankin / Bailey (2003)
  • Rankin's Portraits (2004)
  • Fashion Stories (2004)
  • Surface Seduction (2005)
  • The Hard Sell (2005)
  • Breast Friends (2006)
  • Tuulitastic (2006)
  • Beautyfull (2007)
  • Visually Hungry (2007)
  • Sold Out (2009)
  • Ranked (2009)
  • Surface Attraction (2009)
  • Rankin's Cheeky (2009)
  • Heidilicious (2009)
  • Destroy (2009)
  • A Photographic Essay of the Macallan Estate (2009)
  • Alex Box (2009)
  • Oxfam - We are Congo (2010)
  • Rankin Jozi (2010)
  • Rankin Portraits (2010)
  • Painting Pretty Pictures (2010)
  • Couture In The 21st Century (2010)
  • Rankin Live Women (2010)
  • Ten Times Rosie (2010)
  • Open Exhibition Catalogue (2011)
  • Myths, Monsters & Legends (2011)
  • Dazed & Confused Making It Up As We Go Along (2011)
  • Ayami Nishimura by Rankin (2012)
  • Rankin Portraits (2012)
  • Spirit of Ecstasy (2012)
  • Caroline Saulnier by Rankin (2012)
  • More by Rankin (2013)
  • Alive: In the Face of Death (2014)
  • F*CK Y*U (2014)
  • Andrew Gallimore (2014)
  • Blood, Sweat & Bond (2015)
  • For Queen and Country (2016)
  • Hunger The Book (2016)
  • #NSFW (2016)
  • Heidi Klum By Rankin (2017)

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