Collecting photography – Personal reflections from Sir Elton John and David Furnish

Sir Elton John began collecting photographs in 1991 and his collection is now regarded as one of the leading private photography collections in the world. From major vintage 20th century modernist works to cutting-edge contemporary images, the collection now holds over 7,000 fine art photographs.

Focussing on a selection of highlights from their collection, including Nan Goldin, Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, Robert Mapplethorpe and Robert Frank, Elton John and David Furnish reveal their deep passion for collecting through a series of personal recollections.

"I love painters, I love artwork, I collect paintings, but for me nothing speaks the truth more like a photograph – and David Hockney would kill me for saying that but I'm sorry, I'm right."

Sir Elton John

"When Elton and I met, the first night down here in Windsor, one of the things we immediately found we had in common was our love of photography. Now, I had the coffee table books of the photographs and Elton actually had some of the photographs."

David Furnish
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