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PHOTO LONDON is presenting a solo show with iconic photos by RANKIN from 9-12 September, presented by the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS GALLERY

In celebration of the 52nd edition of Photo London 2021, 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS GALLERY is presenting a solo show by RANKIN. The exhibition will showcase a selection of his favorite images – including those of his best known subjects and his more conceptual work. On display are images of supermodels taken in the 1990s for Dazed & Confused as well as fashion and beauty images from his magazine HUNGER. The exhibition also deals with the concepts of beauty and mortality.

“One of the world’s most influential fashion photographers, Rankin has often defined his place within the industry as one of being on the outside looking in… Inspired by the often intertwined themes of death and sensuality in his work, the show explores Rankin’s editorial pieces to produce a multilayered discussion on light and darkness, hard and soft: These pieces take an intimate look at the dark side of desire from throughout Rankin’s career. Here, the act of seduction is so fierce a force of attraction as to take the viewer hostage.

Dodging that process of fetishization common to every exhibitionist phenomenon, the British artist uses his images to present a mirror which reflects the imagination while also providing a locus of capture between the viewer: The viewer and the subject who is being viewed. Here, the seduction lies in a delayed gratification, the act of biding one’s time before crossing the threshold and facing a constructed world, a bombastic, energy-rich, instinctive world cloaked in violent color. These shots by Rankin bear an undeniable energetic charge. The images return our gaze, take on a power of their own, and become autonomous.”

A catalogue has been published to accompany the show, which is dedicated to RANKIN. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: “To celebrate the 52nd Edition of the Photo London magazine, we are delighted to welcome back British photographer, publisher and film director Rankin, whose work will be presented at Photo London 2021 by 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery. “People inspire me the most. I love meeting new people, hearing stories, getting excited by their work. The art of fashion is incredible, and it took me a long time to understand it.”– Rankin.
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OPEN STUDIO RANKIN invites to a book signing of ‘Embrace’ and presents a collection of meditative floral stills including a live talk, a tea tasting and the ‘Exploding World’ exhibition for PHOTO LONDON

For PHOTO LONDON from 9-12 September, THE RANKIN GROUP is opening its Kentish Town Studio in London: “In celebration of PHOTO LONDON, we’re opening up our Kentish Town Studio to the public for a weekend that explores the intersection between art, creativity and mental health. With an exhibition of new work, a book signing and a live talk, this OPEN STUDIO is bringing well-being to the forefront of the contemporary art world.”

RANKIN is presenting his work ‘Embrace’ there, consisting of calm, almost meditative floral stills which the photographer shot in his studio during the time of isolation caused by the pandemic. But also photos which show him photographing. A few weeks ago, the book of the same name was published, the proceeds of which will go to The Care Workers' Charity.

Self-isolation gave me an opportunity to really focus on this work as I’d imagined it. What’s interesting about these images is how much they reflect my personal state of mind, while also representing my approach to the world. When I was taking each picture, I realized right from the beginning that I was treating them like a portrait. Whether they were single flowers or groups, I couldn’t help but give them characters, search for their personalities and try to bring them to life,” says RANKIN.

For RANKIN, who normally expresses himself through fashion portraits, photographing flowers means going in a new direction. He was “treating them like a portrait... couldn’t help to give them characters... and tried to bring them to life.” This helped him to create a work which equally captures the loneliness and the sadness which, for many people, in addition to a feeling of hope, had been an essential part of the pandemic, and is underscored by the title ‘Embrace’.

Also on display is his new work ‘Exploding World’. Each frame becomes an expression of Rankin’s frustration during the time of isolation and the resulting extremely expressive creativity: For years now, I’ve been obsessed with the perfection of a dandelion seed head. Seen as weeds, they grow absolutely everywhere, especially in the city. And during a time of great stress, there was comfort in them. Especially since blowing them into the wind was associated with making a wish when I was growing up.”

RANKIN OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND : Friday September 10th – Sunday the 12th, 2021, from 12pm – 5pm daily, Annroy Studio & The Penthouse Salon

The Penthouse Salon: This revolutionary new space is one part art gallery and one part luxury accommodation. Designed by Rankin in conjunction with his long-term architect, The Penthouse Salon promises to be the perfect place to entertain, unwind and even take photographs. Located above Rankin’s photography studio of many year’s standing, this contemporary venue is designed with flexibility at its heart; it’s perfect for creative projects and relaxing nights out.

Collector’s Afternoon Tea
Friday 10 September, 2021, 1pm – 4pm Annroy Studio

Book Signing with Rankin
Saturday 11 September, 2021, 2pm – 4pm Annroy Studio

Rankin In Conversation Live
Saturday 12 September, 2021, 5.00pm – 6.30pm The Penthouse Salon

Penthouse Salon Wine & Conversation
Saturday 12 September, 2021, 7.00pm – 9.00pm The Penthouse Salon

NOW Contemporary Photography From Emerging Voices
Sunday 12 September 12 – 5pm

*All events require an RSVP open to the public, but spaces may be limited. RSVP to beverley@beverleyluckings.com
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ROYAL LONDON appoints two new brand ambassadors – SHAUNAGH BROWN and CLAIRE MOLLOY stood in front of RANKIN’s camera for the LIONS RUGBY FEASIBILITY REPORT

Royal London is welcoming rugby players Claire Molloy and Shaunagh Brown as Royal London Ambassadors alongside the brand sponsorship of the British and Irish Lions. Working with Claire and Shaunagh, Royal London aims to shine a light on women’s rugby, raising its profile in the wider sporting community and working to break down barriers currently holding women and young girls back from participating in rugby.

To celebrate their new roles as ambassadors, Claire and Shaunagh took part in a photo shoot with photographer and filmmaker Rankin on 4 August at his studio in London. Claire and Shaunagh will partner with Royal London in a number of ways to promote women’s rugby. Further details on the feasibility study exploring the establishment of a women’s Lions team are expected in the coming weeks.

Susie Logan, Group Chief Marketing Officer of Royal London, said : “We’re delighted to be joining forces with Claire and Shaunagh to make a positive impact on the continued success of women’s rugby. Claire and Shaunagh’s dedication and devotion to their sport are inspirational to women already enjoying the game and young girls looking to start their rugby journey.”

Claire Molloy said : “This is a major step towards making a viable Women’s Lions Tour and represents the women’s games never-ending march to gender equality in rugby.“

Royal London is a mutually owned company and is thus accountable to its customers first and foremost with regard to its investments. It’s investment in the Lions feasibility report reflects the enormous value the company places on gender equality as well as on its customers.

“As a Royal London ambassador, I hope to showcase how women’s rugby can be a commercially viable sport, bursting with fantastic role models for companies like Royal London to invest in and to grow the game for everyone.” Shaunagh Brown comments : “I was attracted to working with Royal London because of their ambitions for women and the future of women’s sport in order to level the playing field. It shows Royal London are ahead of the curve and a force for change and progression within an entire female generation. This is a reminder to the broader public that women are here for the long haul, and we are here to be taken seriously. Working with Royal London will help to amplify my voice as a force for good. As an ambassador, I hope to promote the growing acceptance of women not only rugby, but of women in all sports. To be able to reach Royal London’s large following and encourage people who are not usually interested in rugby or sport to take note. Sport can truly be life changing on all levels. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of the beginning of what could be an incredibly powerful relationship between Royal London, women and sport.”

Photographer and filmmaker Rankin says : “This summer, we’ve seen how incredible sport can be in transforming the lives of players, coaches and even spectators. We were all inspired; which is why it has been such a pleasure to photograph and profile these successful rugby players. Highlighting their talent helps to inspire change within the sport, and I’m super proud to have been a small part of that.”
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