Having worked together on everything from high-profile campaigns to editorials for some of the world’s most prominent magazines, Marco Antonio x Rankin explores the duo’s distinctive artistic vision. Mixing Marco’s pop colour pallets with Rankin’s signature sense of humour, it's a tour through some of the boldest make-up photography around today.
Included amongst the many creative images is a striking shot of the model Georgie Hobday, looking straight into the camera with a white heart painted on her face. It was part of a British Heart Foundation campaign spearheaded by Rankin to raise awareness around heart disease.
The book also includes an "in conversation" between Rankin and Marco, discussing not only their careers together but also where make-up and beauty sits in today’s visual culture. A must-read for anyone interested in fashion, beauty, art or photography.
Says Rankin, "I’ve always been dedicated to using magazines and publishing to find and showcase amazing new talents. Having worked with Marco now for several years, he is the perfect example of finding someone with that spark. Where you know they are not only talented but have a true point of view. I’m always excited to work with him; it is collaborations like ours, where the most exciting images are taken."
Antonio adds: "I knew it would be a hardcore experience working with Rankin. Hardcore meaning more of a challenge. I love being challenged, and I consider myself a workaholic, so being around a photographer that is a workaholic himself is inspiring."
Born in Brazil, Marco Antonio is a self-taught, London-based make-up artist. He began his career in Brazil before moving to London and has been collaborating with Rankin since 2015. His celebrity clientele includes stars like Kesha, Naomi Campbell, Erin O’Connor and Alexa Chung. His work has appeared in campaigns for Olay, Max Factor, L’Oréal and Paul Smith. Alongside appearing in Rankin’s magazine, Hunger, he has also worked on editorials for ID, Harpers Bazaar, LOVE and Wallpaper.
Rankin co-founded the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1991, and has since published the likes of AnOther and AnOther Man, alongside over 40 books and the biannual fashion, culture and lifestyle print and digital platform, Hunger.
His photography has been published everywhere from his own publications to Elle, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Wonderland, and exhibited in galleries around the world, including MoMA, New York, and London's V&A.
Marco Antonio x Rankin, a publication celebrating collaboration and artistic experimentation between fashion, beauty and portrait photographer Rankin and make-up artist Marco Antonio, will be released this month. Available internationally in bookstores and online priced at £40.