If David Bailey was the 60’s then Rankin was definitely the 90’s.
Co-founder of Dazed and Confused magazine, Rankin redefined sexy, edgy photography. His celebrity photographs abound but my favourite are his fashion shots – a selection of which are below:
“Regrets I’ve had a few” Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious once sang (although not together) and I know how they felt.
One that haunts me in particular was not bidding on a set of David Bailey’s 1964 Box of Pin-Ups at Sotheby’s some years ago – oh to have my time all over again…I would have sold the clothes off my back and more besides to have them!
What makes this box of photos so special I hear you ask?
In the 36 portraits that compromise the Box of Pin-Ups Bailey well and truly captured the zeitgeist of the swinging sixties. Shot on blank white backgrounds the photos are both effortlessly cool and enigmatic.
Here are some of the best from the Box of Pin-Ups and one of two extra Baily photo’s thrown in for good measure….enjoy:
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