THE RADICAL EYE: MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE SIR ELTON JOHN COLLECTION 14th DEC 16
Yesterday i visited the new exhibition at the Tate, focusing on original modernist photography. It was a collection i had anticipated for a while, and was without a doubt a pleasure to view. Elton Johns collection includes thousands, but only around 15o rare vintage prints were exhibited, including pieces by Man Ray, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and many more. The rooms varied from experiments, to portraits and then onto objects and the manipulation involved by some of the artists. The obvious shift in time was fascinating, with photos from the Great Depression era and street photography that explored a whole new side to documenting. Herbert Bayer’s photo-montage self portrait has always been inspiring for me as well as Man Ray’s classic, glass tears, in which the model is in fact a mannequin. To be able to see the original prints and analyse and understand the images up close was truly special.
The experimentation within the photos was extraordinary, seeing how their own mistakes or accidents have influenced many photographers to date, such as long exposures, double exposures, solarisation and so forth. Other artists who have also inspired me from the show are the likes of Toni Schneiders, Josef Breitenbach and Llyod Ullberg. Recommend to all who find interest in the era and movement, or even just the diverse art work.
- images from tate modern website.