There are many reasons why a person might envy Elton John, but they don’t concern me. However, there is now a very good reason for passionate photographers to do so! He has an amazing collection of photographs. I actually meant to say astounding. With a collection of over 7000 vintage prints, which is growing by the day, he’s a one man museum.
If you haven’t already seen it, the video above will provide a glimpse of just how incredible his collection is. He has an 18,000 sq ft Atlanta home crammed with prints (from ceiling to floor by the look of it) and will presumably need to buy another home at some point to hang the inevitable overspill. There’s plenty you won’t recognise along with many you will, such as Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother and Man Ray’s Glass Tears. I could spend a week looking around that Atlanta home, however, Brits are in luck. The Tate Modern is showing Sir elton’s collection until the 07th of May, 2017. I will certainly be going!
I have to say, ‘hats off’ to Elton for excellent taste in photography. You may notice that they’re all B&W, but that may just be a product of the era dominating his collection (1920-1950). Now he just needs to expand to more recent times and acquire a Thomas Stanworth. Did you hear that, Sir Elton? Judging by what I’ve seen of your collection, you’ll be wanting a copy of ‘Boxer Showering’, from Russians & Royals. 10×8″?