Rankin, born John Rankin Waddell, has over 30 years of experience as a photographer.
The co-founder of Dazed + Confused magazine has shot covers for Vogue, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and worked with celebrities like Heidi Klum, Gigi Hadid, Russell Crowe, and Kate Moss.
He also shot the queen for her Golden Jubilee in 2002 — and says she’s unlike anyone else because she was born into her fame.
He told INSIDER all about his experience at Buckingham Palace — and who he wants to shoot next.
Queen Elizabeth looks pretty similar in most photos — you’ve probably seen her perfectly-poised pose time and time again.
But celebrity photographer Rankin saw a different side of Her Majesty when he photographed her at Buckingham Palace for her Golden Jubilee in 2002 — and the image he captured has become one of her most unique.
INSIDER spoke to Rankin, full name John Rankin Waddell, ahead of the launch of his new book, UNFASHIONABLE, which hits stores on October 30.
As co-founder of magazines Dazed + Confused and AnOther, and founder of Hunger, Rankin’s career in photography spans more than 30 years. He has shot covers for the likes of Vogue, GQ, and Rolling Stone and iconic brand campaigns for Nike, L’Oreal, and Dove, working with some of the most famous people in the world, including Heidi Klum, Gigi Hadid, Russell Crowe, and Kate Moss.
‘I can’t imagine having no choice’
The Scottish-born photographer told INSIDER that he wasn’t born a big supporter of the royal family growing up, who are thought of as “English.”
“I was brought up to treat everybody as an equal,” he said. “I try and judge people by who they are.”
However, he said that after doing research on Her Majesty before the shoot — something he rarely does with a subject — he realised there’s something that makes her different to all of the other celebrities he works with.
“Most people I photograph want to be famous and successful,” he said. “She had no choice. She was born into it… She wasn’t supposed to be the queen. Her dad became king and consequently, she became queen.
“The respect you’ve got to give somebody for having commitment to God and country in that way is a really interesting perspective to have,” he went on. “When you suddenly realise that, and consider the human being behind everybody, it made me have this tremendous respect for her.
“I can’t imagine having no choice — it gave me an absolute belief in her as being an incredible human being.”
‘Ma’am, would you just smile please?’
Of his experience at Buckingham Palace, he said: “I was waiting for her in [a] room with three or four people from the house. I saw her walking down this really long hallway with a footman who must have been two feet taller than her. They were both walking along chatting and laughing, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, she’s human.'”
He said an “amazing wave of …read more
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