A new series of portraits by Rankin of wounded British Armed Forces personnel and veterans is going on display in London this week. The show, For Queen & Country, will run at Motor Village Marylebone from November 19 – December 1, and Rankin’s photographs will be shown alongside artwork by military artists including Arabella Dorman, Bran Symondson and Freddy Paske.
The portraits feature military personnel who suffered physical and mental injuries, either while in service or later as a civilian. The images have been brought together for the exhibition in collaboration with Monica Colussi and in a limited edition book, which will raise funds for Coming Home, the fundraising campaign for Haig Housing Trust – a charity which buys and adapts housing for servicemen and women.
“It is impossible to even begin to comprehend what these men and women have been through, both in theatres of war and their extensive recuperation periods,” Rankin said. “It made their bravery and zest for life all the more humbling. I made a conscious decision to photograph them against a white background with the focus on their faces – I wanted to strip away the stigma and show them as real people”.
500 copies of For Queen & Country are now on sale. 50 of these books are presented in a sleeve with Rankin’s signature at a cost of £500 each. The remaining 450 cost £250 each. To purchase a book and find out more about Coming Home, go here.