Freddie L. Rankin II

Memphis-born Freddie 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 currently an M.F.A. candidate at Bard College-ICP.




2019  M.F.A. Advanced Photographic Studies, International Center of Photography-Bard, New York,  NY

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


Solo Shows

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

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



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