The Radical Eye: Iconic modernist photography from the collection of Sir Elton JohnEdited by Shoair Mavlian and Simon Baker
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Sir Elton John, musician and philanthropist, has built one of the greatest private collections of photography in the world. This book presents an unparalleled selection of modernist images, which introduce a crucial moment in the history of photography when artists were beginning to use the camera and darkroom to redefine and transform visions of the modern world. Technological advancements gave artists the freedom to experiment and test the limits of the medium enabling new imaginings of portraits, nudes and still lifes; and street life and the modern world was captured from a new, uniquely modern perspective.
Showcasing only original vintage prints by the artists themselves, the book features key figures from the 1920s to 1950s, such as Brassaï, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, Man Ray, Edward Steichen and Alexander Rodchenko. Also includes a newly commissioned interview with Sir Elton John and essays on modernist photography and technology and innovation by Dawn Ades and Shoair Mavlian.
Shoair Mavlian is an Assistant Curator at Tate Modern focusing primarily on photography. Her major exhibitions include Conflict, Time, Photography (2014) and Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions (2014).
Simon Baker is the Senior Curator of Photography and International Art Tate Modern. His recent major exhibitions include Performing for the Camera (2015) and Conflict, Time, Photography (2014). Before joining the Tate in 2009, he was a professor of art history at the University of Nottingham.
Dawn Ades is Professor Emerita at the University of Essex, and former co-director of the Center for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies, UK. She has published works on Surrealism, Photomontage, Dada, women artists and Mexican muralists.