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Looking into the soul of the sitter

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:330
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    “Close up and personal, looking directly into the soul of the sitter,” is how the fashion photographer John Rankin Waddell (known just as Rankin) describes his latest exhibition of people's eyes, which opened in London this week.

    Rankin has photographed the irises of clients, friends, and “beautiful eyed” people. The iridescent images are emphasised by circular wooden frames more than a metre in diameter.

    Other exhibitions by Rankin include Me, Me, Me (March 2007), in which Rankin digitally manipulates self portraits, ranging from a representation of himself as a pointy eared, hairy pig to a human glitter ball, and Erotica (April 2007), which presents a series of images designed to be sexual through suggestion, shape, and form.


    • The exhibition Eyescapes is at The Gallery, 125 Charing Cross Road, London, until 3 March (tel 020 7287 1925). See

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