Sir Elton John:
A Time for Reflection
As a longtime supporter of AIPAD and its members, Sir Elton John was thrilled to be invited to mount a special exhibition at The Photography Show in 2018. Given complete freedom to utilize the space however he desired, Sir John decided to curate works from exhibiting AIPAD members around the idea of A Time for Reflection. The idea of reflection can be taken literally or metaphorically, representing the strength of photography.
While often the result of light hitting an object, reflections have the ability to reveal as much as they conceal. It is through our reading of the photograph that we decide the message. Sir Elton John has always been fascinated by the photographer as both witness and creator, and with the literal reflection of the artist in a picture. Whether capturing a self-portrait in a household object, or casting a physical shadow within the landscape, human presence is always a factor.
Capturing an emotional or heightened moment is one of the metaphorical aspects of reflection. The artist serves as documentarian and educator, asking the viewer to think about the issues each image presents. Photographers use their craft to show us our reality, our strengths, our mistakes, our biases, our loves, and what we have or haven’t learned. In today’s plugged in world, it’s easy to be consumed by our daily lives and ignore those in need, and the discussions that are necessary for change. Without reflection, it is all too easy to forget. A Time for Reflection seeks to inspire, comfort, challenge and ultimately show the strength of photography and its ability to be literal and metaphorical.
- Newell Harbin, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection
All of the photographs featured in A Time for Reflection (see gallery below) are available for purchase. Purchase inquiries may be made by visiting the booths of participating galleries. Participating galleries will donate a percentage of the sale price to The Sir Elton John Charitable Trust.