The Radical Eye: Elton John’s Astounding Modernist Photography Collection at the Tate Modern

Elton John is without a doubt a legend when it comes to music, performance and fashion. However, he has another passion which he has said is his second biggest passion in life. This is art. Although he says he collects art for the emotional value, rather than the monetary value – I think it’s safe to assume his art collection is eye wateringly expensive. He has now made parts of his collection available to the public, in the latest exhibition at the Tate Modern in London. On Sunday, I was lucky enough to take in the magic of The Radical Eye exhibition at the Tate Modern.

The Radical Eye – Tate Modern

The Radical Eye exhibition is currently taking place in the magnificent Tate Modern in London. The modernist photography exhibition features almost 150 different prints from over 70 artists. The photographs are all from the classic modernist period of the 1920s – 1950s.

Throughout the exhibition one can find stunning portraits of Matisse and Picasso, as well as works that feature stunning Parisian landscapes, pictures taken in the Great Depression in America and much more. Throughout the exhibition one can also understand the development of innovation, in regards to altering the images through various processes. One I found to be the most interesting, was the pictures that when in the development phase was exposed to glimpses of light. This create and incredibly interesting illusion and depth in the photographs.

What’s incredibly interesting with a majority of these images is the size. Most of the pictures are incredibly small, which is interesting in the way the display has been curated. Perhaps a bit overbearing, however the last wall of the exhibition features individual images that all work together in creating unison. On their own the photographs are delightful, but the storytelling that is created through displaying them together is rather fascinating.

Address: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (10am – 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Price: £16.50 for adults, £14.50 for students, elderly & children aged 12-18, free for under 12 year olds
Open until: The 21st of May, 2017

Photocredit: Elton Daily, Tate, Victoria Sadler


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