Rankin and 40 Visual Noise Graduate Photographers

“Use your platform for good. Don’t worry about your platform, worry about your impact.” Very few people succeed without a helping hand or barrels of luck. As one of photography’s stars, Rankin uses his influence to help young, up-and-coming photographers through the Visual Noise art fair at Maryland Studios and the online catalog through Public Offerings Ltd.

Visual Noise is an art fair designed to celebrate talented photographers whose graduation shows have been put on hiatus due to COVID-19.

By lending his name and installation services to Visual Noise, Rankin’s participation will attract attention from around the world. As an advocate for new talent, Rankin helps turn graduating shows from missed opportunities to golden opportunities.

Rankin’s first big break is an oft-told but great story. As Rankin says:

Like everyone in this industry, I had to start somewhere.

While creating and working with the Dazed & Confused team, Rankin received a call from Björk’s label, asking him to do a shoot. Apparently Björk had stumbled upon her magazine and connected with aesthetics. For Rankin, it was his first celebrity commission, and it brought more attention to his work and his magazine than he could have ever dreamed of.

Along with his curator Ellen Stone, of Public Offerings Ltd., Rankin decided he could give a helping hand to students who have been caught up in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visual Noise gives me a chance to reach out to the next generation, just like Björk did for me!

Although the show is set in London at Maryland Studio, Public Offerings Ltd. will release a digital catalog for viewers around the world to view.

As a bonus, the fair will host a sale of Legacy of War prints and t-shirts, with all proceeds from their sales going to their partner organizations in Ukraine..

All images used with permission from credited photographers. Main image by Collette Slater Barrass.

Briana R. Cross