Tate Modern

Bankside, London SE1 9TG

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Tate modern presents the inner world of  Sir Elton John and his personal photography collection

Underwater Swimmer, Esztergom, Hungary, 30 June 1917, by André Kertész. Photograph: © Estate of André Kertész/Higher Pictures


A walk into Elton John’s personal world. From the 10th November 2016  to the 21st May 2017 Tate Modern has presented the inner world of Elton John and the marvelous pictures he has bought for his personal gallery.  Free for members and a small fee for others – Tate opens you to the world of Elton John and his personal touches. This gallery creates an essence of entering Elton John’s home and understanding his love for photography and how it impacts his spirit.  The gallery holds images by Herbert Bayer, Edward Weston, Alexandr Rodchenko as well as Hungarian artist André Kertész. In addition to images captured by Man Ray of artists such as Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst and much more. The gallery works exquisitely in producing the collection of Elton John and the images that are personal and touching to himself and the life he has lived. From predominately small images to black and white images, the gallery allows audiences of all kinds to walk into Sir Elton John’s gallery and witness his collection of inspiration and personal emotions to be on display. Interestingly, the gallery holds a collection of the body and the innocence and delicateness that surrounds it- almost opening us to Sir Elton John’s life and his world of struggles; physical and emotional. The sequence of movement through swimming to dancing, the gallery has it all.  The gallery also presents us with a little room of Sir Elton John on video voicing his opinions and emotions behind the images he has collected from the simple raw experience of living. A divine gallery that opens your eyes to a celebrity who holds a huge passion for photography, that you might not have known, who contains images that move and inspire others.

Glass Tears, 1932, by Man Ray. John bought a vintage print in 1993. Photograph: © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

By Natalia Santos

Mise en scene enthusiast. Fan of anything art related, bizarre antidotes and extraordinary tendencies.