Elton John’s private collection of modernist photography

Man Ray’s 1929 “Anatomies”Photograph: Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016 Man Ray’s 1929 “Anatomies”Photograph: Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016
‘Manspreading aggresively’ … Irving Penn’s portrait of Salvador Dalí. Photograph: The Irving Penn Foundation/PA ‘Manspreading aggresively’ … Irving Penn’s portrait of Salvador Dalí. Photograph: The Irving Penn Foundation/PA

Currently on display at the Tate Modern in London is possibly one of the world’s greatest private collections of modernist photography from Sir Elton John. The collection contains classic  photography from the 1920s to the 50s, including still life, experimental techniques and portraits of the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Breton. Sir Elton has described photography as being “one of the most important and progressive art forms of the 20th century” and hopes that visitors walk away from the exhibition with a “sense of awe”. The exhibition which is aptly named The Radical Eye reflects the originality and pioneerism of the photographers of the 20s, 30s and 40s; and is currently running until the 7th May 2017 

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