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RADICAL EYE

Photographs from Sir Elton John's vast private collection will go on display at Tate Modern in a new exhibition.

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection draws from one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography and presents an unrivalled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s – a crucial moment in the history of the medium.

Sir Elton John began collecting 25 years ago and his incredible collection counts now more than 7,000 pictures. The exhibition will display over 150 shots and comprise pieces from renowned artists such as Berenice Abbott and Man Ray, whose portraits, including images of Matisse, Picasso and André Breton, will be publicly exhibited together for the first time.

The pictures will be transported from the singer's homes around the world to London for the show in November. Sir Elton John said it was "a great honour" to lend part of his collection "for this groundbreaking exhibition".

"Each of these photographs serves as inspiration for me in my life; they line the walls of my homes and I consider them precious gems... I hope the exhibition audience experiences as much joy in seeing the works as I have had in finding them." he added.

Tate Modern
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection
10 November 2016 – 7 May 2017