Elton John's massive photo collection has gone public

Elton John's massive photo collection has gone public

CultureFebruary 06, 2017 By Brian Frederick

Elton John loves photographs, so much so that he's amassed one of the world's largest private collections of them. From relatively basic and mass produced to the ultra-rare and of historical significance, the global superstar claims he wasn't always into these types of photos, not until David Fahey from the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles got him involved in the '90s. From there, it grew into a kind of obsession. 

"Once I started collecting, I became avaricious about it," he says of his hobby, one he also describes as the "love of his life."

This is the first time his collection is available for public viewing. Dubbed "The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection," the show is now at the Tate Modern in London — however small bits of it are available online for everyone else to enjoy too. 

[Man Ray, Glass Tears, 1932]

[Man Ray, Nusch Éluard, 1928]

[Edward Weston, Nude, 1936]

[Herbert Bayer, Self-portrait, 1932]

[Irving Penn, Salvador Dali New York, 1947]

[Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936]

[Josef Breitenbach, Patricia New York, 1942]

[André Kertész, Underwater Swimmer, 1917]

[Ilse Bing Willem, Dancer, 1932]

[Edward Weston, Igor Stravinsky, 1935]

[Tina Modotti, Corn and Sickle, 1927]

[Maurice Tabard, Solarised Man, 1930]

[Margaret Bourke-White, George Washington Bridge, 1933]

[Walker Evans, Christ or Chaos?, 1946]

[Man Ray, Dora Maar, 1936]

[Edward Steichen, A Bee on a Sunflower, 1920]

[Man Ray, Rayograph, 1923]