Freddie L. Rankin II

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 graduated from Morehouse College and moved to Florence, Italy for two years. Following his time in Italy, he moved to New York City and began working on a mix of editorial and commercial projects from music collaborations, behind-the-scenes footage for New York, Milan, and Paris fashion weeks, to product look books for emerging fashion labels.

Rankin is a 2019 M.F.A. graduate of Bard College.




2019 – M.F.A. Advanced Photographic Studies, Bard College, New York,  NY

2011 – B.A. Kinesiology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA


Solo Shows

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


Group Shows

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