This week I visited London for a few days and had the chance to see the Tate Modern’s exhibition named the Radical Eye: Modernist photography from the Sir Elton John collection. This exhibition is Sir Elton John’s private collection of photographs, which range from the years 1920s – 50s. This is the first time they have ever been exhibited together and it really is a beautifully collection.
The collection includes over 150 different prints from Man Ray to Dorothea Lange this truly is a stunning exhibition. I felt a personal connection to some of the photographs such as ones by artist Ilse Bing whose work consisted of ripped posters, abandoned places and decay which has a really strong connection and link to my current work. The details that she captured within the decay is stunning and beautifully clear. I find a deep connection between her work and my own.
A lot of the prints used different printing methods and processes. The Bromoil transfer print on silver was a particularly common one with this collection. This is more commonly known as an “Oil Print Process” which is a photographic printmaking process that dates back to the 19th Century. All the information about it is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_print_process
This exhibition is a beautiful collection of works brought together by someone who understands beauty and photographic processes. It is open until the 21st May so if you have chance I would recommend a visit.