Tate Modern Opens: The Radical Eye

What does it take to be an exceptional photography collector?  The Radical Eye at the Tate Modern, London opened last week with the exploration of Sir Elton John’s personal photography collection.

His first photograph acquired at auction made him take note.   The 1993 acquisition of Man Ray’s 1932 “Glass Tears” set a historic price at the time – he acquired the vintage photograph at Sothebys for almost $200,000.

As the story by CBS Sunday Morning reporter Anthony Mason explores, Elton John’s obsession for collecting was developed for personal reasons first.   Today, his collection contains nearly  8000 images.  Each reflects not only his personal taste but why photography remains relevant in our digital age.  His passion represents why preserving the past and exposing it to the generations to come is at the core of this physical object’s importance.


Video Update:  Since originally posted in 2016, CBS removed their video with Anthony Mason and Elton John.  In his own words, Elton John explores his collection at the Tate which was on loan from his own home collection.

Author: Mason Hayutin

Founder, Editor and contributing writer, Mr. Mason Hayutin is recognized for his depth of experience and knowledge in technology, energy economics, real estate and the arts (fine and visual). Having worked with recognized world-class artists and their estates since 1997, Mason brings a wealth of practical experiences from installations, marketing, and private sales. An active business advocate, he successfully released the fine art documentary film LUBIE LOVE in 2009 ahead of the global auto crisis - in addition to maintaining his tenure at GALLERY M INC. Hayutin holds a degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the founder of MASONmodern, a boutique real estate firm based in Denver, CO. You can read his insight here at The Art Quarterly as well as in regional and national publications.

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