John Rankin Waddell (working name Rankin, born 1966, Paisley, Glasgow) is a British portrait and fashion photographer. His subjects have included Britney Spears, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Kylie Minogue, Leonardo DiCaprio, the Spice Girls, Holly Valance, Cate Blanchett, Damien Hirst, Queen Elizabeth II and Tony Blair.
Born in Glasgow, he was brought up in St Albans, Hertfordshire. After being expelled from school, he briefly studied accountancy at Brighton Polytechnic before moving to Peckham and studying photography at the London College of Printing, which he left to found Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1991 .
He launched his own quarterly fashion magazine, RANK, in December 2000. In 2002 he launched with art gallery owner Alex Proud a photographic book imprint, Vision On. He also publishes Another Magazine and more recently Another Man. He continues to work in fashion, advertising and for magazines internationally. He is divorced from the actress Kate Hardie .
Rankin has recently moved into film production with his project The Lives of the Saints, a gangster film set in London .
Rankin was recently the photograper for Regatta’s upcoming advertising campaign featuring outdoor loving celebrities; Bill Oddie, Janet Street-Porter, Michaela Strachan and ex-Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan. The photo shoots which took place at Richmond Park, Hampstead Heath and a Scenic location in Yorkshire, were part of Regatta’s efforts to promote their forthcoming Spring/Summer 2008 range .
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