Elton John reveals photo collection

August 16, 2007

Photographs plucked from the private collection of music legend Sir Elton John ? some never seen in public – will be shown in the UK next month.

Around 150 images captured by New York-based photographer Nan Goldin will be exhibited at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, from 21 September.

The series of pictures, called Thanksgiving, document the photographer?s life from 1973-1999.

The curator of The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Jane Jackson, said: ?Elton was first attracted to the directness, truth and poignancy of Nan Goldin?s photography. And her work forms a central part of Elton John?s collection.?

Elton began collecting photos in 1991 while visiting friends at a photography festival in France. It was there, it is said, that he first began to appreciate photography as an art form.

The images on show will chronicle both ?surviving relationships and the friends Goldin has lost, many to AIDS or drug addiction?, said a Baltic Centre spokeswoman.

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is located at Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 3BA.

The show will run until 6 January 2008 and entry will be free.

For details call 0191 478 1810 or visit


All pictures: Courtesy of Nan Goldin

Hotel Village, Hamburg 1992

Hotel Village, Hamburg 1992

Kim in Rhinestones, Paris 1991

Kim in Rhinestones, Paris 1991

Self Portrait in the Blue Bathroom 1991

Self Portrait in the Blue Bathroom 1991

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