I visited my brother who is studying in this beautiful city. The Rankin exhibit is a truly unique show. He is one of the worlds most famous fashion and celebrity photographer. At the NRW Forum, one goes through a fantastique world of portraits and experimental pictures. Some images are shocking, some are exotic, some are touching, most of them are strange. The exposition shows his most prestigious photos. Provocative, sensual, intimate. The artist also worked together with some other professionals like Damien Hirst (a famous creator appreciated for his extremely shocking exhibitions)
Rankin started at the age of 21 focusing on picture-taking. He studied economics before his interests in photography became the centre of his life.
Rankin, together with his school friend Jefferson Hack, is the inventor of the famous magazine Dazed&Confused.Their magazine grows to one of the most powerful publication in the 90es and turned into the reference for every photographer and every fashion designer until today.
Rankin creates, besides his photos, documentations, films, music clips and magazines. A new probably known magazine is called HUNGER
He also composed a lot of commercials: Coca cola, Levis, Hugo boss, Vogue and many more.
For the jubilee of the Queen Elizabeth II, the royal house picked no other than Rankin to do her majesties portrait.
MY personal view of the exhibition
His portraits left a massive impact on me. The details and expressions of the models are hilarious. One can find each star inclusive the Queen. The other, more imaginary part,is not everyone’s cup of tea!