“Thom Yorke was always exciting to photograph. He knew how to play himself perfectly. Every image summed up who he was and Radiohead’s ethos. And that fit perfectly with our play on the rules and conventions of a magazine at Dazed.
Being so anti-commercial, Radiohead were perfect for conceptual shoots. We had Thom kissing himself, portraits of band members through TV screens, and finally holding images of themselves. Exploring the intersection between public and private, what the media say obstructing who you are, and questions of reality.
Like their music, the images couldn’t be just surface; there had to be something thought-out behind it.”
- Rankin, ‘Play: Images of Music’, Rizzoli NY, 2020
Photographed by Rankin in 1996, this image of Thom York comes from the cover shoot, You Do It To Yourself, from Dazed & Confused, Issue 19. Accompanying the imagery was an interview in which Thom York interviewed himself, discussing background, inspiration and what it means to be creative.
From "You Do It To Yourself"
Dazed & Confused, Issue 19, 1996
Limited Edition Inkjet Print
20 x 24 inches
Edition of 500
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.
Rankin's inkjet pieces are printed on a Semimatte or silk paper finishes. Using a 10 colour large format professional Epson printer under the careful eye of the Rankin Studio team.