Iconic British photographer Rankin is set to showcase a series of celebrity musician portraits at an exhibition next month.
Famous shots of music icons Keith Richards and David Bowie will be included in the Rankin exhibition at Tin Man Art in South Kensington, West London from March 12 to 24.
Rankin, whose real name is John Rankin Waddell and is a renowned director, has photographed some of the world’s most famous people, including the late Queen Elizabeth, Madonna and Kate Moss.
The exhibition will mark 30 years of Rankin’s photographic career and will document his portraits of music icons from 1990. The photographs will include Keith Richards puffing on a cigarette in his trademark bandana from 2002 and the black and white image of Bowie that went on the cover of Dazed and Confused magazine in 1995. Images of PJ Harvey used in Q Magazine, Radiohead and Michael Stipe are also known to be included.
Rankin said that when he was going through his archive to select images for the exhibition, he remembered how many of the shots were not liked by the artists at the time.
”Their hair was out of place, they didn’t like the concept of the shoot, they didn’t like me. But now, how perfectly those images seem to embody who they were. It’s as if all of the little bits that make a shoot – the hair, makeup, styling – come together to codify a career through imagery,” he said.