Inside Elton John’s Private Collection


Sir Elton John doesn’t do things by halves. He’s sold more than 300 million records in an enormously successful recording career, has sported outrageously flamboyant stage costumes, thrown the most lavish celebrity parties and donated millions to aids charities.

eltonjohncollection09aMigrant Mother by Dorothea Lange, 1936

Since the mid-1990s, however, he’s been engaged in a different activity: quietly building one of the world’s best private photography collections.

eltonjohncollection09bGlass Tears by Man Ray, 1932

Elton John’s collection spans the period from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day and currently contains more than 8,000 works. Now a key part of his collection is going on display in a major new exhibition at London’s Tate Modern.

eltonjohncollection09cCat by Otto Umbehr, 1927

Titled ‘The Radical Eye’, the exhibition will focus on 1920-1950, a period dominated by the influence of modernism, and will feature around 180 vintage photographs by more than 60 artists. They’ll include rare prints by internationally famous photographers such as Man Ray, Edward Weston, André Kertész and Tina Modotti, plus important but less familiar names including Otto Umbehr and Ilse Bing.

eltonjohncollection09dNude by Edward Weston, 1936

Inside Elton John’s Private Collection
via Professional Photography – Issue #13 – October 2016

eltonjohncollection09eShukov Tower by Alexander Rodchenko, 1920

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