(born in 1966) 


Lambda print, signed, titled, dated and numbered 2/5 on a certificate fixed on the back of the frame

Tajan auction house, June 1st, 2016

Estimate : €5,000 - €7,000 

Sold : €9,100


John Rankin Waddell or Rankin was born in 1966 in Paisley. He is a fashion and nude photographer. Whilst studying accounting at Brighton Polytechnic, he realised that his interests lay elsewhere and dropped out, taking up the study of photography at Barnfield College Luton and then London College of Printing. During this time, Rankin met Jefferson Hack, with whom he formed a working relationship. In 1992, the two decided to start a magazine together called Dazed & Confused after they graduated.

In December 2000 Rankin launched his own quarterly fashion magazine, RANK.

In April 2009 Rankin created Annroy, a contemporary structure designed by Trevor Horne Architects that is home to Rankin’s own state-of-the-art photographic studio, gallery and living space, where he lives with his wife and model Tuuli Shipster. 

In 2010, Rankin travelled to South Africa with the BBC to shoot the documentary, South Africa in Pictures.

His intimate portraits, sometimes quiet raw and his erotic approach of the female body has made him the celebrity photographer.

This photography would have been very different if this little nipple didn’t exist. The thrill come from this little nothing that change everything.
— John Rankin Waddell