Elton John’s Photo Collection on Exhibit – Brief Article
An exhibition of Sir Elton John’s photography collection, regarded as one of the leading private photography collections in the world, will be on view at the High Museum of Art from Nov. 4 to Jan. 28, 2001. Entitled “Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection,” the exhibit features 380 works by more than 100 renowned photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Andre Kertesz, Tina Modotti, Irving Penn, Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, among others.
While museums usually present photography collections either by artist or period, sections of “Chorus of Light” are installed in the spirit in which they are displayed in John’s homes. The exhibition also includes decorative objects from his homes that are positioned to complement the collection.
John began collecting photography in 1991 and since then has acquired nearly 2,000 photographic prints. His collection primarily consists of vintage 20th century black-and-white photographs with an emphasis on portraits, fashion and floral subjects, and it is especially notable for its strong representation of influential photographers like Man Ray and Irving Penn. Highlights in the exhibit include portraits of musicians like Billie Holiday and Chet Baker.
The High will use a portion of the exhibit proceeds to establish a fund to purchase photography for the Museum’s permanent collection that will bear John’s name. An illustrated catalogue is available.
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