The Radical EyeModernist Photography from
the Sir Elton John Collection

Photography as a tool to transform
visions of the modern world

Shaped on one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography, the exhibition at Tate Modern of London opening on November 10th, presents an unrivaled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s. Rare vintage prints and works by seminal figures such as Man Ray, André Kertész, Berenice Abbot, Alexandr Rodchenko and Edward Steichen introduce a crucial moment in the history of photography, an exciting rupture when artists used photography as a tool through which they could redefine and transform visions of the modern world. This exhibition will reveal how the timeless genres of the portrait, nude and still life were reimagined through the camera, as well as exploring its unique ability to capture street life and the modern world from a new perspective.

 

“AS LIFE UNDERWENT RAPID CHANGES IN THE 20TH CENTURY,
PHOTOGRAPHY OFFERED A NEW MEANS TO COMMUNICATE AND REPRESENT THE WORLD.”