"I grew up with a love for punk and the style that came with it. The whole Malcolm McLaren Vivienne Westwood scene had such an impact, and, as a kid obsessed with album cover art, you can see how imagery from the period bled into how I viewed the world.
Vivienne always had that aura. She was cool, vibrant and political - all the things I wanted her to be."
- Rankin, "THE...", Picture This, Stockholm, 2023
This iconic portrait of Biritish fashion legend, Vivienne Westwood was shot for Pop magazine's winter issue in 2003. Entitled "The Genius" the image came from a series of portraits of fashion's biggest designers.
Highlighting the playful side of the fashion maverick, this Rankin photo has become one of Vivienne's most recognisable images, even becoming the image cover for the Victoria & Albert Museum publication "Vivienne Westwood: Punk, New Romantic and Beyond" and being exhibited in their show of the same name.
Vivienne Westwood: POP
From "The Genius"
Pop Magazine, Winter 2003
Edition of 15
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.