“Debbie Harry is a perfect example of someone so iconic that you really have to try and push every image you've seen of her out of your head when you photograph her. Everyone has seen hundreds of amazing pictures of her, so you have to make a real effort to be different and non-refferential.
Sometimes it's the small movements, the little gestures that really make an image special. I can't remember if I asked her to close her eyes, or if it was a reaction to teh bright lights, but the simplicity of the makeup and the beauty of that choice create a different way of looking at such an iconic face.”
- Rankin, PLAY: Images of Music, Rizzoli Publishing, 2020
Photographed by Rankin in 1998, this image of Debbie Harry appeared as part of the editorial "Blondie: You're Making Me Hot" (Dazed & Confused, Issue 49) celebrating the original band line-up touring again together after a 16 year hiatus.
Styled by the legendary Alister Mackie, Debbie Harry wears a beaded tie by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy, with makeup by Jackie Hamilton-Smith; this image stands in testiment to the immense talent of the 1990s and the long lasting impact Blondie had (and still has) on popular culture.
Blondie Eyes Shut
From "Blondie: You're Making Me Hot"
Dazed & Confused, Issue 49, 1998
C-Type Colour Lambda
16 x 20 inches - Edition of 5
20 x 24 inches - Edition of 15
36 x 48 inches - Edition of 5
Comes with signed Certificate of Authenticity
As a photographer Rankin's portfolio ranges from portraiture to documentary. He has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and The Queen to name only a few.
He is best known for work that is on the cultural cusp and leading future trends: producing rule-breaking campaigns for brands such as Rolls Royce, Unilever, L’Oreal and Samsonite; creating wide reaching projects for charities including Women’s Aid and Macmillan; and shooting music videos for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Kelis.
As a publisher, Rankin co-founded the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1991, and has since published the likes of AnOther and AnOther Man, alongside over 40 books and the biannual fashion and culture print and digital platform, Hunger.
His photography has been published everywhere from his own publications to Elle, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Wonderland, and exhibited in galleries globally, including MoMA, New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Rankin lives in London with his wife Tuuli and their dogs.
Printed by Metro
A C-type is a photographic print that has been exposed using digital technology, rather than traditional analogue techniques. Digital C-types are created by exposing the paper using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb, like in a darkroom. All our C-type prints are produced on laser printers, giving optimum results for your images for colour accuracy, light fastness and archival quality.
Our C-type printing is done with Metro Imaging. Metro is the one of Europe’s leading professional photographic labs for art printing, film processing, retouching, mounting, framing and exhibition services - and they have been home of Rankin's artwork printing for over 20 years.
Metro have almost 40 years in the photographic industry, this pro-lab is run by a workforce of multi-disciplined and skilled professionals so that the level of expertise is second to none.