Rankin: “ALIVE was a journey of highs and lows. I’ve laughed and cried.”

4 October 2013 by Dickie

Photographer Rankin reflects on the ALIVE: In the Face of Death exhibition in our latest blog. The exhibition featured images and stories of people ‘running out of time’ and challenged our perceptions of life and death.

head and shoulders black and white photo of a man (rankin) staring at the camera

Rankin (copyright Rankin)

More than 42,000 people visited ALIVE which ran for four months until closing in mid September. Those of you who missed this amazing and emotional show can see a new video-walk through of the exhibition at the end of this blog. Here Rankin tells of his feelings now ALIVE is over.

Rankin:  “Alive: In The Face Of Death has been my most personal body of work to date. It was a huge undertaking but also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

“I’m honoured to have met the truly inspiring people who feature in the images. They opened my eyes to the bigger picture and made me appreciate how lucky I am – how lucky we all are – to be alive.

“Alive was a journey of real highs and lows: I’ve laughed, cried and experienced every emotion in between. Despite the saddest of moments, I am so glad to have gone through this experience and am incredibly proud of everything we’ve achieved.

“First of all, I’d like to thank the amazing people who shared their stories and bared their souls so that I could take their portraits. Also, thank you to the Walker Art Gallery and the BBC Culture Show for enabling me to do this. A special thanks must go to the very talented Jack Cocker, who directed the documentary, for all his hard work and dedication to the project.”

In the last days of the exhibition the Walker Art Gallery produced a video walk-through of the show:

  1. Cathy says:

    I am a senior nurse that deals with patients who have chronic illnesses. I really do admire that you included the man with lung disease (had the top hat on with oxygen into his nose).

    Cancer rightly attracts a lot of attention but there are so many people living with chronic life threatening illness who do not get any support. e.g. COPD, or heart failure.

    He will always be the face of my COPD patients now.

    You really did capture the spirit of human dignity in so many faces. You gave them back so much. A humbling experience for me

    • Dickie says:

      Thanks Cathy. Rankin has sent your comment onto Jim (the gentleman in the top hat whose portrait was in the exhibition).

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