THE RADICAL EYE

MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE SIR ELTON JOHN COLLECTION

The Radical Eye exhibition is a collection of photographs in flamboyant picture frames. After spending a small while in a rehab center for addiction to alcohol in the 1980’s Sir Elton John began to collect photographs; these images vary from documentary, studio portraits, street photography, surrealism and still life. The images also vary in print size; starting as small as postage stamps with André Kertész 1917 Underwater Swimmer to large format print with glass beads stuck to the subject’s cheeks in Man Ray’s 1932 Glass Tears.

The quality of the images featured in this exhibition are incredible; after watching a short clip of John discussing his collection it seems he used to buy lower quality until he began building his collection; when photography became a passion, he set out to find the originals/higher quality prints of these images, with the price of the prints only being a small matter to him.

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