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World-renowned photographer Rankin captures heritage craftspeople

World-renowned photographer Rankin captures heritage craftspeople

As part of our link-up with AirBnB Experiences, world renowned photographer Rankin has captured craftspeople featured on the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts. Best known for his portraits of models such as Kate Moss and personalities such as David Bowie and the Queen, Rankin has this to say about the craftspeople he visited:

There’s so many craft-based skills which take years to properly hone and develop that are in danger of dying out. We must not let this happen. Shooting with Greg, JoJo and Lucy I got a unique insight into their work and why we should fight to keep crafts like these alive.

Featured in the photographs are:

Lucy McGrath shot by RankinLucy McGrath in workshop
Greg Rowland in workshopGreg Rowland shot by Rankin JoJo Wood shot by Rankin

HCA Furniture Village Photography Competition


Lucy Sagger: ‘Farrier Tom at work in late winter sun’

The Heritage Crafts Association in association with Furniture Village has launched its first ever Photography Competition to highlight the wide variety of crafts and makers in the UK, both those working to world-class levels and also the many enjoying craft as a worthwhile leisure pursuit. This partnership has come about following a joint venture with The Heritage Crafts Association in July 2014. The Heritage Crafts Association and Furniture Village launched a successful project to try to identify and celebrate the last surviving practitioners of trades that were once thriving British industries such as trug makers, clog makers and wood turners.

An exhibition to showcase the winning and shortlisted entries was held at The Prince’s Foundation in Shoreditch, London between May 8 and 14. The exhibition launched at a private view in the evening of May 7 when the winners were announced and received their awards. Lucy Sagger, from Hambleton, won the Craft Photographer of the Year award and the category Craftspeople at Work with an image entitled ‘Farrier Tom at work in late winter sun’.

Lynda Laird from Kirwall, Orkney won The Essence of Crafts category, and Young Craft Photographer of the Year was named as Gabriel Langley from County Durham.

The judges were photographer Nick Hand, the Guardian’s Jon Hendry, Furniture Village’s Charlie Harrison and HCA Chair Robin Wood.

To view more of the winning shots visit the competition website.

Read more at Furniture Village.