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Alive: Rankin Faces Death

The Culture Show has unique behind-the-scenes access to Rankin's latest exhibition Alive: In the Face of Death, at Liverpool's Walker Gallery.

We all know death is life's only certainty, but as a rule we'd rather pretend it isn't going to happen.

One of Britain's most successful photographers, Rankin has been tackling the subject head on for his latest exhibition: Alive: In the Face of Death at Liverpool's Walker Gallery. The Culture Show has had unique behind-the-scenes access as he focuses his lens on people who are living with a terminal illness, or have been forced to confront their mortality through personal or professional experience.

By asking the questions we'd all rather avoid, this documentary captures the stories behind Rankin's powerful images, and reveals an intimate and thoughtful side to one of Britain's top photographers.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Alexandre Desplat

    Birth Waltz

  • Jónsi & Alex

    Atlas Song

  • Aqualung

    Strange and Beautiful

  • alt-J


  • Alexandre Desplat


  • Vetiver

    Roll On Babe

  • Snow Patrol

    Give Me Strength

  • The Beta Band

    Dry The Rain

  • Stephen D. Hilton


  • amiina


  • Bill Callahan

    Rococo Zephyr

  • JJ Milteau


  • Dr. Feelgood & Wilko Johnson


  • John Lee Hooker

    Graveyard Blues

  • Chuck Berry & Wilko Johnson

    Bye Bye Johnny

  • Fairport Convention

    Who Knows Where The Time Goes?

  • Aretha Franklin

    It Ain't Necesssarily So

  • Lightnin’ Hopkins

    See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

  • Emerson String Quartet & Ludwig van Beethoven

    Op. 135 - Lento assai, cantate e tranquillo, String Quartet No. 16

  • Ólafur Arnalds

    Undan Hulu

  • Carter Burwell

    Balloon Escapes

  • Alexander


  • Alexandre Desplat


  • Maps

    Some Winter Song


Role Contributor
Participant Rankin
Director Jack Cocker
Series Editor Janet Lee


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