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Over the past 30 years, Sir Elton John and David Furnish have carefully built an unrivalled collection of photography. Remarkable in its range and depth, it's a who's who of photographer and subject ranging across disciplines from fashion and film to landscape and reportage.


This book presents 150 of the most important photographs from artists including Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Nan Goldin, David LaChapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Zanele Muholi, Helmut Newton, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.


Featuring an afterword from Sam Taylor-Johnson and an in-depth interview with Sir Elton John and David Furnish by Russell Tovey and Robert Diament, as well as curatorial insights into themes within the collection - Fragile Beauty shares images that are beautiful, dynamic, striking, sometimes disturbing but always inspiring.


Available at a special price directly via V&A shops (RRP £40). 


"It’s a head-spinning, gorgeous survey of a still-evolving art form" – Michael Glitz, Parade, 'The 46 Best Books of 2024… So Far', 13th July 2024

"An opulent, beautifully-presented book." – Chloë Edwards, Buzz Mag, 15 May 2024


"Page after page introduced some of the most recognizable photographs in history…made all the more impactful by the editing and sequencing…" – Kalum Carter, Digital Camera World, 15 May 2024


"Basically a history of photography from the 1950s to the present day" – Featured in 'The best new books, from bees and Bond to art and Elton John', The Times, Saturday 11 May 2024 


Please note: this exhibition book contains adult themes, including depictions of substance use, death, nudity and sexual intercourse.




28.7 x 24.7cm



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About the exhibition
A red poppy set against a black background decorates the cover of the exhibition book

Fragile Beauty

Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish collection

An unparalleled selection of the world's leading photographers, telling the story of modern and contemporary photography. Discover iconic images across subjects such as fashion, celebrity, reportage and the male body.

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