Rankin: "ALIVE was a journey of highs and lows. I've laughed and cried."

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Photographer Rankin reflects on the ALIVE: In the Face of Death exhibition in our latest blog. The exhibition featured images and stories of people 'running out of time' and challenged our perceptions of life and death.

head and shoulders black and white photo of a man (rankin) staring at the camera Rankin (copyright Rankin)

More than 42,000 people visited ALIVE which ran for four months until closing in mid September. Those of you who missed this amazing and emotional show can see a new video-walk through of the exhibition at the end of this blog. Here Rankin tells of his feelings now ALIVE is over.

Rankin:  "Alive: In The Face Of Death has been my most personal body of work to date. It was a huge undertaking but also one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.

"I'm honoured to have met the truly inspiring people who feature in the images. They opened my eyes to the bigger picture and made me appreciate how lucky I am - how lucky we all are - to be alive.

"Alive was a journey of real highs and lows: I've laughed, cried and experienced every emotion in between. Despite the saddest of moments, I am so glad to have gone through this experience and am incredibly proud of everything we've achieved.

"First of all, I'd like to thank the amazing people who shared their stories and bared their souls so that I could take their portraits. Also, thank you to the Walker Art Gallery and the BBC Culture Show for enabling me to do this. A special thanks must go to the very talented Jack Cocker, who directed the documentary, for all his hard work and dedication to the project."

In the last days of the exhibition the Walker Art Gallery produced a video walk-through of the show: