January 24, 2013
January 24, 2013
Synonymous with compelling portraiture, Rankin’s lens captures, creates and unveils icons.
Rankin made his name in publishing, founding the seminal monthly magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1992. It provided a platform for innovation for emerging stylists, designers, photographers and writers. The magazine went on to forge a distinctive mark in the arts and publishing spheres, and developed a cult status forming and moulding trends, and bringing some of the brightest lights in fashion to the foreground.
Riding on the success of the Dazed wave, Rankin took his photography to the wider market, creating landmark editorial and advertising campaigns. His body of work features some of the most celebrated publications, biggest brands and pioneering charities, including Nike, Swatch, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, Women’s Aid, and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. He has shot covers for Elle, German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire and GQ, and worked with Rolling Stone and Wonderland. His work has always endeavoured to question social norms and ideas of beauty, and in late 2000, Rankin published the heteroclite quarterly Rank, an experimental anti-fashion magazine celebrating the unconventional.
In 2001, Jefferson and Rankin launched AnOther Magazine. With a focus on fashion, originality, and distinction, the magazine has become one of the most recognised and highly esteemed fashion magazines in the world. In response to the expanding menswear market, in 2005 AnOther Man was introduced, combining intelligent editorial with groundbreaking design and style. More recently, the Dazed Group has established itself as an online authority, via AnOthermag.com, Dazeddigital.com and Dazedtv.com. Last year, Rankin celebrated Dazed & Confused’s 20th anniversary, shooting 20 front covers of Dazed favourites and 20 inside covers of the next generation of talent, all for the December 2011 issue.
Tapping into the consciousness of the 90s and 00s with his intimate approach and playful sense of humour, Rankin became known for his portraiture of bands, artists, supermodels and politicians. Having photographed everyone from the Queen of England to the Queen of Pop, Rankin is often seen as a celebrity photographer. However, his plethora of campaigns and projects featuring ‘real women’ marked him out as a genuinely passionate portrait photographer, no matter who the subject. Always pursuing personal projects which push his limits, high impact charity projects, and groundbreaking commercial campaigns, Rankin has stood out for his creative fearlessness. His first major worldwide and award-winning campaign – Dove’s ‘Real Women’ – epitomised his approach: to reveal the honesty of the connection and collaborative process between photographer and subject. Personal or commercial, Rankin’s images have become part of contemporary iconography, evidence of his frankness and passion for all aspects of modern culture, and its representation in the photographed image.
Rankin has published over 30 books, is regularly exhibited in galleries around the world, and has recently opened galleries in London and Los Angeles. His latest museum-scale exhibition ‘Show Off’ opens at NRW Dusseldorf in September 2012. In the last few years, he has frequently turned his hand to studies of photography through TV presenting. Working with the BBC, he has featured in a number of seminal documentaries – ‘The Seven Photographs that Changed Fashion’, ‘South Africa in Pictures’, Shooting the Stars’, and most recently a programme tracking back through the rise and fall of Life Magazine and its pioneering photographers.
His affiliation with charities has seen Rankin travel the world, creating powerful campaigns both as a photographer and a director. With Oxfam, he visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya, and in 2011 hosted an Oxglam exhibition, featuring work from some of the world’s most talented emerging young photographers, and raising money for the charity. 2012 sees a planned trip to Gaza with Oxfam.
In 2009, Rankin undertook the biggest project of his career – Rankin Live, a mammoth, interactive spectacle and exhibition. Always interested in the democratisation of the image, and also a keen advocate of the amazing digital advances of the photographic industry, Rankin Live was the culmination of the accessibility and speed of modern photography. Rankin proved that everyone can look like a magazine cover star as, for 7 straight weeks, he photographed people off the street, one every 15 minutes – retouching, printing and hanging the image within half an hour of the shutter being fired. Rankin photographed over 1600 Londoners, before then taking Rankin Live on tour in Mexico and New York. LA is next on the list of locations where Rankin Live will be hosted, during the summer this year.
In 2011, Rankin Film Productions was born. Rankin developed a taste for film directing music videos, commercials, and short films with co-director Chris Cottam between 2002 and 2009, including their debut feature film, The Lives of Saints. Written by Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), it won the grand jury prize at the Salento International Film Festival. Since 2009, Rankin has continued to direct independently on both commercial and personal projects. Taking on the new role of Executive Producer, Rankin recently founded Collabor8te, in association with The Bureau and Dazed TV. Collabor8te calls on scriptwriters and directors to submit their ideas for narrative film, promising to turn a selection of these dreams into a reality, producing them, featuring them on Dazed TV, and running them on the international film festival circuit.
In November 2011, Rankin returned to magazine publishing with a fresh offering – The Hunger. A biannual fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine, The Hunger and its associated Hunger TV website – a video-based digital platform featuring in -depth interviews, fashion films, blogs, updates, and previews – marked Rankin’s return to the fashion world with an understanding that the future is not only printed but digital too. The Hunger is all about a creative passion and a raw talent that drives individuals forward in a quest for pushing the limits of creativity. Shooting almost every image in issue 1, The Hunger is both a personal creative feat and a launch pad for other talent to step into the breach. Issue 2 will be out in May 2012.
In the past year, Rankin has released the book ‘Myths, Monsters and Legends’, working together with artist Damien Hirst – an eerie celebration of the beauty that can be found in the surreal and typically grotesque creatures of ancient legend. He has also designed a range of watches for Swatch, taking his series of Eyescapes and applying them to the watch face. He shot an epic 100 images for Rolls Royce – heralding the brand’s associations of elegance, supremacy, femininity, grace and power – to fete the centenary of their iconic ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’. More recently, he has collaborated with his wife – model, actress, and art director, Tuuli Shipster – for a second time, on their book ‘Tuuli Forever’, due out summer 2012. He is also due to release collaborative books with makeup artists Ayami Nishimura and Caroline Saulnier. 2012 promises to be as full a year as 2011, with Rankin’s first ever touring exhibition in China, a museum-scale exhibition at the NRW Dusseldorf, as well as exhibitions in LA, Japan and the UK.
Rankin Gallery // 8070 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046 // Open: Tues-Sat 11am-6pm
Here are some photos I took with my iphone 4s when I visited his gallery in Los Angeles on December 21, 2012. Most of them are from his books.
December 12, 2012
ArtDontSleep presents: That 70′s Soul Celebrating the music of: Al Green, Bill Withers, Bob James, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Eugene McDaniels, Gil Scott-Heron, Isaac Hayes, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Minnie Riperton, Roy Ayers, Shuggie Otis, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder & More. …
Performances by: The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Ndugu Chancler, Derf Reklaw, Kamasi Washington, Brandon Coleman, Evan Francis, Philip Dizack, Sam Gendel, Elizabeth Lea, Marcel Camargo, Gabe Noel, Destani Wolf, I Ced, Joey Dosik, Jimetta Rose, Codany Holiday, Novena Carmel & More.
Featuring Special Guests: Seu Jorge Zap Mama Alice Russell Spacek Coco O. (Quadron) Guests of Honor: Shuggie Otis, Leon Ware, James Gadson, & More Hosted By: Garth Trinidad DJ Sets by: Questlove (The Roots) & The Umoja Sound System (Daz, Jun, Destroyer & Monalisa) Promotional Partners: KCRW, LA Weekly, Wax Poetics, Fusicology Sunday
www.ArtDontSleep.com 25$ Early Bird | 30$ Pre Sale | 35$ Day of Show
Presale Ticket Location: Artform Studio http://theartformstudio.com/ 701 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA. 90013 213) 613-1050
Amoeba Music 6400 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 245-6400 That 70′s Soul Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXAmCl5l1pRqgiODcnpN6QIFA6XIpVWQ8&feature=view_all
Get to know the artists: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXAmCl5l1pRpz-4fpy2ErOS0TfB1Oc3DC&feature=edit_ok Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/404431069625368/
Dig Deeper, with words by Allen Thayer: Soul music is timeless, but if there was one decade when it defined the times that would be the seventies. The style was born in the mid-sixties at a time when its creators were struggling to establish their place in American society. Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, Solomon Burke, Curtis, Otis, Smokey, Marvin, James, Sly and Bobby Womack among countless others, sketched out a blueprint for a new, modern Black music that would soon sweep the nation from Harlem’s 125th street to rural Virginia’s Tobacco Road and as far as Watt’s 103rd street. Ironically, it took some Brits and Bob Dylan’s endorsement to hip whitestream America to what they were missing out on in their own blackyard. As the sixties turned into the seventies, and all but the Panthers deferred their dreams of racial revolution, soul music matured and flourished as if all the hopes, dreams, anger and disappointment of a generation of young Blacks found expression in the music of Stevie, Curtis, Marvin and Minnie. We almost lost Detroit, but from this and many other cities’ ashes emerged a beautiful and bold music – a more personal, and therefore universal, expression – that evolved into one of the most dominant culture expressions of the decade. By the dawn of the seventies, soul music was mainstreaming with the crossover success of artists like Stevie Wonder, Bill Wither, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Minnie Riperton, Al Green and Michael Jackson. Just about everyone was getting in on the new trend of socially conscious lyrics, fatback drums and stop-on-a-dime horn sections. The popular and critical response to this music blew open the doors for a whole family of styles. Soul music was appropriated and incorporated into just about every other genre imaginable: soul-jazz, soul-rock, psychedelic soul, latin soul, and blue-eyed soul are just a few of the more popular hybrids. And then there’s Funk. Like Metal is to Rock ‘n Roll, Funk is an extreme manifestation of Soul music that emerged in the late sixties and early seventies from the bold rhythmic experiments of Soul music’s pioneers like James, Sly, Curtis & Stevie. Soul music was the foundation and Funk was the attitude, the secret spice to get the people moving and it was applied liberally to songs by new and established artists alike. Some musicians, like Parliament-Funkadelic founder George Clinton, started their careers in the sixties singing Soul, but after Sly and James took their music to faster, funkier and blacker places, they followed headlong into uncharted funkmospheres, further expanding the sonic, social and sexual boundaries of Soul music. Herbie and his Headhunters, Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers to name but a few respected jazz musicians were helpless against this powerful new sound, giving us jazz-funk. Sadly, America’s soul obsession wouldn’t last forever. Like a salesperson that didn’t understand its product or consumer, the music industry forced the soul into extinction by forcing it into platform boogie shoes and a rigid 4-4 dance beat. Some survived, but most artists’ careers tanked or they were forced to radically change their game. Forty years later, soul music is more popular than it’s been for decades with new talent and audiences gravitating to its sincere sentiment, heartfelt harmonies, and bad-ass beats. ArtDontSleep will bring over two dozens timeless tunes and hi-fi highlights from 1970-1979 to life for one night only with That 70s Soul featuring Seu Jorge, Zap Mama, Alice Russell, Spacek, Coco O. (Quadron) and others. An all-star cast of musicians, including legends Ndugu Chancler and Derf Reklaw along with future legend Kamasi Washington, lead by multi-instrumentalist and arranger/composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson will breathe new life into these seventies soul masterpieces. These are many of the same creative and fearless musicians and promoters that brought you the recent East Side Story Show as well as the 2009 Timeless series featuring the music of J. Dilla, Mulatu Astake and Arthur Verocai. On this special night some of the under-sung musical heroes that are still alive and with us today, like Shuggie Otis, Leon Ware, James Gadson and others be honored through their music and presence. Shuggie Otis, the son of legendary Los Angeles R&B Band Leader, Johnny Otis, was a certified blues guitar master by his early teens before recording a few influential albums of experimental pop soul best epitomized by the song The Brothers Johnson took to number one on the R&B charts and number five pop in 1977, “Strawberry Letter 23”. Leon Ware is best known for the songs he’s written, Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”, Quincy Jones or Average White Band’s “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” or Minnie Riperton’s “Inside My Love”, though he has no fewer than ten albums recorded under his own name for Motown, Elektra and most recently for the revived Stax record label. His sophisticated and sensual style of soul helped to define the influential quiet storm style. James Gadson is a living legend behind a drum kit. He’s played behind everyone from Bill Withers and Charles Wright and the 103rd Street Band to Justin Timberlake and Norah Jones, with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and countless others along the way. Far from a one-trick pony, he’s also written, produced and sang on hundreds of records from the Doo-Wop era to the present day.
12/16/2012 :: 6pm :: 21 + Wiser The Mayan Theatre: 1038 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA., 90015, 213) 746-4674
“THE REINDEER PROJECT” ART INSTALLATION TO BENEFIT LOS ANGELES INNER CITY YOUTH
Holiday Art By Top L.A. Artists on Display at Westfield Century City
Westfield Century City has ushered in the holiday season with The Reindeer Project, a charitable initiative that fuses iconic holiday imagery with stunning, original artwork celebrating Los Angeles’ vibrant art scene. All proceeds from sales of the art installation pieces benefit L.A.-based charity, Inner-City Arts, whose mission is to use arts education to positively affect the lives of inner-city children by developing creativity, improving learning skills and building self-confidence.
The unique, festive collection of oversized acrylic reindeer has been designed by acclaimed local artists Aaron Axelrod, Couto Brothers, Yolanda González, Man One, Greg Miller, Max Neutra, Marilinda Rivera, Analia Saban, Johnny Taylor and Robert Vargas, with Inner-City Arts students painting a reindeer as part of their curriculum. The reindeer are on display at Westfield Century City mall through January 1, 2013, with all works available for purchase. Contact Joann Socrates at Inner-City Arts at (213)627-9621 ext. 115 for reindeer purchase inquiries.
“We applaud Westfield Century City’s innovative approach to supporting Inner-City Arts,” said Joseph Collins, President and CEO of Inner-City Arts, of the project. “Not only were our students able to collaborate and explore their creativity through the process of turning a white reindeer into a beautiful work of art, the exhibition will promote local artists, celebrate our creative economy and, most importantly, support arts education for inner-city youth.”
November 26, 2012
Whatever happened to revolutionary, meaningful, inspiring, love-filled, fight-for-your-right kind of music? These days music is so toxic and brainwashing to the mind of materialism, degradation and disrespect. Are our societal responsibilities and ethical standards diminishing through the fabricated, falsification of what mainstream media controls? We all have a choice in what we produce, listen to and watch.
Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. “Marley” is the life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super stardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and interviews with the people that knew him best.
November 26, 2012
Everyone has something unique and beautiful about them. Everyone has a purpose in life. Find what that is and pursue it. Otherwise, you may never have that sense of fulfillment or peace. Follow your heart, be sure to choose the right path and may the light guide you through your journey! Spread your wings and FLY my friends….. fly high! ♥ ♥ ♥