Sir Elton John has unveiled some of the treasures from his 8,000-strong photography collection at a new exhibition at Tate Modern – and told how getting sober helped spark his interest in the art form.

The star, 69, has lent his entire collection of Modernist photography to the gallery – 191 photographs ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Elton John reveals how getting sober sparked his interest Modernist photography.

Sir Elton John has unveiled some of the treasures from his 8,000-strong photography collection at a new exhibition at Tate Modern – and told how getting sober helped spark his interest in the art form.

The star, 69, has lent his entire collection of Modernist photography to the gallery – 191 photographs ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s.
The black and white photographs have been taken off the walls of his 18,000 square foot apartment in Atlanta for the show, which opens on Thursday.

The images – from a period when photography was going through rapid experimentation – are just a small slice of the 8,000 images he owns, which stretch from 1910 to the present day.

Sir Elton told the Press Association how his passion for photography was sparked by sobriety, after leaving rehab.