Elton John’s private photography collection to go on display at the Tate Modern

The Radical Eye exhibition opens in November

Elton John‘s photographs from his private collection are set to be displayed at the Tate Modern as part of a new exhibition.

The Telegraph reports that the modernist photography show, titled The Radical Eye, will feature more than 150 pieces from more than 60 artists, including Man Ray, Andre Kertesz and Berenice Abbott.

John has described it as an “honour” for him and husband David Furnish to loan the images to the gallery, with the legendary musician stating: “It is a great honour for David and I to lend part of our collection to Tate Modern for this ground-breaking exhibition.


“The modernist era in photography is one of the key moments within the medium and collecting work from this period has brought me great joy over the last 25 years.”

He continued: “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.

“We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration with Tate Modern and hope that the exhibition audience experiences as much joy in seeing the works as I have had in finding them.”

John started collecting the photos in 1991 and has now obtained 7,000 fine art photographs, making it one of the most-admired private collections in the world.

The Tate’s director Nicholas Serota said: “This will be a truly unique exhibition. There are few collections of modernist photography in the UK, so we are delighted that Sir Elton John has allowed us to draw on his incredible collection and give everyone a chance to see these iconic works.


“Coming face-to-face with such masterpieces of photography will be a rare and rewarding experience.”

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection opens on November 10, 2016.