My visit to the Radical Eye photo exhibition at Tate Modern

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Agghhh, this week was challenging. I came down with flu at the weekend. I assumed it was just a bad cold and did not alter my plans last Saturday but then after returning from a nice Fashion exhibition at Somerset House I started shaking like a leaf and the fever started kicking in….Sunday was spent in bed and I was on paracetamol non stop to cope with the first half of my week.  Anyway I am thankfully on the mend now!

London architecture


One of the things that excite me most by living in such a cool and vibrant city as London is the amount of cultural opportunities around. As a keen photographer I am always on the look for inspiration  from all sorts of arts and I love making it into Central London for a cultural getaway which always feels like a treat. It’s also a nice break from my usual responsibilities and duties as a stay at home mum.

St Paul's cathedral and Millenium bridge

Switch House - Tate Modern new extension



A few weeks ago I made the most of my free time to visit Sir Elton John’s photo collection exhibition ‘The Radical Eye’ at Tate Modern’s new extention, Switch House. I have always loved Tate Modern since I arrived in London, it is the very first museum I visited when I first lived in London and it holds special memories.

Entrance to Switch House

Switch House staircase



Obviously since there was an  interesting photo exhibition taking place, it was always going to be a big selling point for me to visit Tate Modern once again ( a selection of Sir Elton John’s incredible photo collection).

I had absolutely no idea Sir Elton John – the flamboyant singer – was such an avid photo collector. Would you believe it but he owns 8000 prints? As a matter of fact, his penthouse in Atlanta has become his private gallery as most of the prints occupy the walls of his property. It is interesting to find out that 2 major prints ‘Noire’ & ‘Blanche’ by Man Ray are actually hanging just over his bed: “It hangs above my bed in Atlanta. So if I die and it falls off the wall at least I will have been killed by a Man Ray,” he joked.

This is really an exhibition worth visiting even though some photography expert may find it a bit of a mixed bag but Sir Elton John owns a remarkable collection that will enchant you. As mentioned in this article in The Guardian: The exhibition chronicles a period often referred to as the “coming of age” of photography, which produced images that were more challenging, experimental and innovative than ever before.’

With over 70 artists and nearly 150 rare vintage prints on show from seminal figures including Brassai, Imogen Cunningham, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, and Aleksandr Rodchenko, this is a chance to take a peek inside Elton John’s home and delight in seeing such masterpieces of photography.

I was surprised to note his interest for very small photos too in a world where everything is big this was in interesting contrast and I saw some remarkable iconic images too such as a beautiful portrait called ‘Migrant Mother’ by Dorothea Lange, ‘Glass tears’ by Man Ray…


After visiting the exhibition I would warmly suggest you to visit Switch House top floor terrace when you will enjoy some of London’s finest view and ….free of charge (which should nicely ease off your exhibition ticket price ;-))!

Views from Switch House terrace

B&W views from Switch House

Views of the City of London


Julie aka Jaf in the box in action

I hope you all manage to make it to Tate Modern, Switch House – if only, at least, for the superb views!

St Paul's and Millenium Bridge


Visit the Radical Eye exhibition if you get a chance – it’s not a cheap one I am afraid –  it runs until 21 May 2017. More info can be found here:

Reviews about the exhibition can also be read here (The Independent) and here (Time Out).

Have a wonderful weekend!

Julie xx

All photos taken with my Canon 7D mark II.


10 thoughts on “My visit to the Radical Eye photo exhibition at Tate Modern

    • Me neither Charlotte, it really came as a suprise to find out he is such a keen photo collector. He does not like taking pics though, he just love photography as a form of art. He has accumulated a fabulous amount of prints and I hope he lends more of his art collection in the future. Julie x

  1. Super photos and writing ad usual, Julie. Interesting to hear about the new wing of the Tate modern which wasn’t yet finished when we were in London. Glad you’re feeling better!

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