“An epic journey through the recent history of photography”. This is how the curator describes the show planned for next year in London.
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) will be exhibiting more than 300 photographs from the private collection of pop star Elton John and his husband David Furnish next year. The “Fragile Beauty” show will show “rare prints” by more than 140 photographers from May 18, 2024 to January 5, 2025, the museum said. These include portraits of actress Marilyn Monroe and US jazz musicians Miles Davis and Chet Baker.
The images dated from the 1950s to the present and depicted key moments from the civil rights movement of the 1960s, AIDS activism of the 1980s and the events of September 11, 2001, it said. It is the V&A’s largest temporary photography exhibition to date.
“Fragile Beauty takes our collaboration to truly exciting new heights and showcases some of the most beloved photographers and iconic images from our collection,” shared Sir Elton and Furnish. Curator Duncan Forbes said: “Whether through the elegance of fashion photography, the creativity of musicians and artists, the exploration of desire or the progression of history as captured in photojournalism, photographs reveal something important about the world.” The exhibition is an epic journey through the recent history of photography while celebrating the couple’s passion for the medium, Forbes said.
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