Make love to that lens

4th August 2009

Roll up for celebrity photographer, Rankin's most ambitious exhibition to date, showing at East London’s hip Truman Brewery until September 18th. His first ever UK retrospective, this museum-scale exhibition covers a massive 22,000 square foot, and showcases over 600 diverse images taken from his archives.

Rankin first came to prominence in the mid-nineties, when he co-founded the cult magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack and quickly established himself shooting his Brit-scene contemporaries from Pulp and Blur to Madonna, Kylie, Kate Moss and even the Queen. His images break through the facade of his subjects' public persona and seek to explore that intriguing inner space that we all keep hidden in our daily lives.

The retrospective charts the key images from Rankin's life as a photographer from the glamour of his celebrity portraits to the sweat and sensuality of his erotic work and the strength and dignity of the campaigns he shot for the charity Oxfam.

Unsurprisingly, a plethora of real life celebrities turned up for the star studded and champagne fuelled exhibition launch party. Models Jamie Winstone and Erin O’Connor, designer du jour, Matthew Williamson – bigger than ever after his high street line for H&M – and even new pop sensation, Little Boots all came to pay court to the master photographer.

Never one for doing things by the book, Rankin has given his exhibition an exciting interactive element as well. Aspiring muses from all walks of life have been given the priceless opportunity to have their portraits taken by the man himself. Countless numbers emailed in with photographs of themselves and 1000 were selected for both their life stories and their innate sense of style. The lucky ones have been invited to come along to the Truman Brewery during the course of the exhibition when they’ll be shot by Rankin and the images instantly displayed as part of the show.

Just remember to work it folks!

Until September 18

85 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Opening Times: 10am – 8pm daily, 10am – 10pm Thursdays
Tickets: Standard – £10, Concessions – £7

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