The V&A has announced a long term collaboration with Sir Elton John and David Furnish following a substantial donation to the museum’s new Photography Centre.
Gallery 101 within the centre will be renamed “The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery”, and the partnership will also include a co-curated temporary exhibition.
The collaboration brings the opportunity to bring together Sir Elton John’s extensive private photography collection with the museum’s collection of over 800,000 photographs.
Sir Elton John has amassed a collection of over 7,000 photographs since 1991 including images by Man Ray, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Edward Steichen, Cindy Sherman, Alec Soth, and Alex Prager. The pair are now keen to share their collection with a wider audience.
Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “We are immensely grateful to Sir Elton John and
David Furnish for their generosity in supporting our Photography Centre and mission to make historic and contemporary photography available to the widest possible audience… I very much look forward strengthening our collaboration with Sir Elton, David and their team and seeing our collections in dialogue in a new and revelatory photography exhibition.”
Sir Elton John said: “The V&A is known for its dedication to teaching, public research facilities and learning-based exhibitions focused on the mechanics and history of the photographic arts. For David and I, this commitment to education and mission to celebrate the medium, presents a perfect partnership.”