Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie

Ian Rankin, b. 1960. Author (2000)

About this artwork

Born in Cardenden in Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and lists in his biography work as a grape-picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist and punk musician. His first novel, ‘Knots and Crosses’, featuring the Edinburgh detective Inspector Rebus, was published in 1987. The Rebus books have now been translated into over twenty languages and made into a TV series. Malley and Gillespie have worked extensively with Rankin, photographing his idea of Edinburgh, both for the book covers and for an illustrated publication on Rebus’s Scotland. This portrait displays the same dark and moody style as their Rebus works, depicting Rankin in a dusky graveyard leaning on a carved headstone.

Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie

Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie

Scottish photographers Malley and Gillespie are collectively known as ‘Broad Daylight’, collaborating on a variety of projects alongside their individual practices. Malley’s background as a documentary photographer and Gillespie’s training as an illustrator has created a partnership that enables them to produce work ranging from commissioned portraiture and documentary photography, to advertising and creative imagery. From 1999 – 2005 they produced book jacket images for the crime novelist Ian Rankin and also worked with him on the major book project 'Rebus’s Scotland' – a publication highlighting the places that inspired the settings in Edinburgh and beyond for Rankin’s Rebus novels. 2009 saw them working on an exhibition called 'As Others See Us' – which portrayed a selection of noteworthy Scots.