The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection - Museum Bookstore

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection

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'From the tears of Man Ray to the Paris of Robert Frank and the manspread of Salvador Dali, this astounding collection is a history of modernist photography' - The Guardian

The Radical Eye exhibition at the Tate Modern

Sir Elton John's truly remarkable collection of international modernist photography stems from personal passion: since 1991, he has amassed more than two thousand photographs, which include key figures from Europe and America alongside many of the foremost photographers from Japan, Eastern Europe and Latin America. This book, the catalogue for a show at Tate Modern, draws together the finest works from 1920 to 1950, a period that is widely considered to be photography's 'coming of age', a time of great experimentation and innovation when artists pushed the boundaries of the medium.

This period also encompassed key avant-garde movements of the 20th century in which photography played a central role - dada, surrealism, the Bauhaus and Russian constructivism. With over 150 illustrations, an interview with Elton John exploring the motivations behind his collecting, and essays looking at the photographs within the history of modernism and an exploration of the impact of technical innovations on the form, this beautifully produced book will introduce a new audience to this unique body of work and provide an indispensable resource to those who are already fans of the period.

One of the FT's 2016 books of the year.

  • Author: Shoair Mavlian, Assistant Curator at Tate Modern and Simon Baker, Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Date published: November 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1849764070 
  • Dimensions: 28.0 x 28.0 cm

★★★★★  'From the tears of Man Ray to the Paris of Robert Frank and the manspread of Salvador Dali, this astounding collection is a history of modernist photography' - The Guardian

★★★★★ ' A must see show' - Times

★★★★★ 'Beautiful ground-breaking work' - Upcoming

★★★★★ Telegraph

'The best collection of modernist photography in the world' - Culture Whisper

'Rare, stunning, essentially optimistic work by Cartier-Bresson, Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, Tina Modotti, Dorothea Lange and other masters of experiment and innovation' - FT

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Radical Eye at the Tate