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Sir Elton John reveals one of his big passions

Sir Elton John reveals one of his big passions

Photography is Sir Elton John's biggest passion outside of music.

The iconic singer-songwriter is an avid art collector and is particularly fond of photography - even though he is useless with a camera himself.

Recalling how his passion for photography developed in 1991, Sir Elton shared: "I'd just gotten sober back then and it was like I was seeing with clear eyes. I was in a chateau in the south of France and David Fahey, who owns a gallery in LA, showed me some prints by Herb Ritts and Horst and Irving Penn and that was it.

"Suddenly, I discovered something that I had been surrounded by for years and never noticed as an art form despite having had my portrait taken by the likes of Penn and [Richard] Avedon.

"I just flew into it and began to amass prints at auction and in private sales. It became the greatest passion I have outside of music."

Sir Elton said that although he is unable to take a good photograph himself, some of his well-known musician friends are talented with a camera in hand.

Asked if he is a good photographer, Sir Elton told the Observer newspaper: "Nah, I can't take a photograph to save my life. The singer John Grant is a great photographer, though he hasn't published any yet. And Michael Stipe is fantastic. I'm not."

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