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Viewing How Rankin defined Cool Brittania with gritty, raw images of youth

He’s photographed them all – and his pictures have been the making of some of them – from cult celebrities to supermodels and celluloid stars, between 1991 – 2001 Rankin defined Cool Britannia as the co-founder and Photo editor at Dazed & Confused magazine.

Now iconic works by Rankin from that prolific decade are gathered for the first time in an exhibition: over 200 editorial shoots for the magazine, pictures that spoke a thousand words, that made as many statements about politics as they did about fashion.

Dazed’s uncompromising, gritty and gung-ho approach heralded a new era for representation that set new standards of who could be seen in a magazine, and how: Rankin brought in LGBTQIA+ subjects and photographed working-class youth, as well as taking defining images of soon-to-be mega stars on the cusp of global fame. Dazed was the chance to give youth an independent voice and reclaim power, setting a precedent for other media. It’s incredible to witness this recent history and feel how much has changed – and what hasn’t.

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Dates
29 May 2024 — 23 June 2024
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The Wick - Grayson Perry, Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close, Arts Council Collection & British Council Collection, © Grayson Perry courtesy of the artist and the Victoria Miro gallery
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Viewing Grayson Perry’s monumental tapestries at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery

The Wick - One Man and His Dog by Curtis Holder, coloured pencil and acrylic gouache on paper, 120 x 120 cm, 2022
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Viewing Tender pencil portraits of Black men by Curtis Holder capture intimate moments 

The Wick - Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin, 2024 © YAYOI KUSAMA Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner Photo: George Darrell
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Viewing The tallest Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin in Kensington Gardens

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Viewing We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Joy Labinjo at Southwark Park Galleries

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Viewing Christabel Blackburn: Another Day of Sun at Gillian Jason Gallery

The Wick - Courtesy of The Design Museum
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Viewing Sixty-five years of Barbie’s life in plastic at the Design Museum