Memphis-born Freddie L. Rankin II has been a photographic artist since he received his first camera at twenty years of age. Self-taught, Rankin has had a notable fascination with film photography, traveling across the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States, capturing what he deems a deeply “personal narrative…, the untold story of life as an African-American male in a cross-cultural world.”
Rankin is a 2019 M.F.A. graduate of Bard College.
Awards, Publications & Exhibitions
2019 – M.F.A. Advanced Photographic Studies, Bard College, New York, NY
2011 – B.A. Kinesiology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
2019 – Notions of Subjugation, ICP-Bard, Long Island City, NY
2018 – The Inverse Color Perspective, OkaySpace, Brooklyn, NY
2016 – Polaroid Nights, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
Looking Back to go Forward, Harvard University Gutman Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2014 – Finding Freddie, Site 109, New York, NY
2019 – No Simple Seasons, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
In Your Place, A4arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa
2018 – NY Art Book Fair, MoMa PS1, Long Island City, NY
2017 – Zine and Self-Published Book Fair, Baxter Street at CCNY, New York, NY
2015 All Aboard Trains, i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa, AZ
2014 – This Is Not A Selfie, Bushwick Community Darkroom, Brooklyn, NY
2012 – Come be Come, Studio Art Centers International, Firenze, Italia
2019 – Mass MOCA, Artist-In-Residence
2017 – The Richard Avedon Foundation, Archive Fellowship
International Center of Photography, Director’s Fellowship
2015 – Tennessee Arts Commission, Professional Development Grant (PDG)
2011 – Studio Art Centers International, Artist-In-Residence
Thew Lay Out Co. Series is a selection of photographs that capture the stillness and dignity of Blackness. Captured in 2020 and 2021, these images are a document of embodying peace in a quite tumultuous landscape.
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