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Inside Elton John’s Modernist, Man Ray-Filled Photo Collection

Elton John has spent the last 25 years amassing one of the most impressive and comprehensive modernist photography collections out there, featuring everything from Dorothea Lange’s Dust Bowl-era snapshots to portraits of Picasso and Matisse taken by Man Ray. One hundred and fifty of those gems have now joined Sir Elton in the spotlight thanks to “The Radical Eye,” a new exhibition of his collection at the Tate Modern until May. Get a look inside, here.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

Man Ray, “Glass Tears,” 1932.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection © Estate of André Kertész/Higher Pictures

André Kertész, “Underwater Swimmer, Esztergom, Hungary, 30 June,” 1917.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation

Irving Penn, “Salvador Dali, New York,” 1947.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection © Josef and Yaye Breitenbach Charitable Foundation, Courtesy Gitterman Gallery

Josef Breitenbach, “Patricia, New York,” c. 1942.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

Man Ray, “Rayograph,” 1923.

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Walker Evans, “Christ or Chaos?” 1946.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection

Dorothea Lange, “Migrant Mother,” 1936.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection

Edward Steichen, “A Bee on a Sunflower,” c. 1920.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection

Maurice Tabard, “Solarised Man,” 1930.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection

Tina Modotti, “Bandolier, Corn and Sickle,” 1927.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection © 1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

Edward Weston, “Nude,” 1936.

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Herbert Bayer, “Humanly Impossible (Self-Portrait),” 1932.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection

Edward Weston, “Igor Stravinsky,” 1935.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection © The Estate of Ilse Bing

Ilse Bing, “Dancer, Willem van Loon, Paris,” 1932.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

Man Ray, “Nusch Eluard,” 1928.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

Man Ray, “Nusch Eluard,” 1928.

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The Sir Elton John Photography Collection Photo © Estate of Margaret Bourke-White/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Margaret Bourke-White, “George Washington Bridge,” 1933.