Fragile Beauty at the V&A

04.06.2024
Neil Byrne

Fragile Beauty at the V&A

04.06.2024
Neil Byrne

Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection mark 30 years of Elton John and David Furnish’s passion for collecting photography, and is currently on show at the V&A Museum. Curated using their personal collection, the exhibition presents a breathtaking array of photographs that capture fleeting moments and delicate subjects with unparalleled clarity and sensitivity.

Stepping into the exhibition, I was immediately struck by the diversity of the works on display. The exhibition featured photography from a wide range of renowned artists such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Jurgen Teller, and Nan Goldin, each with their unique style and subject matter, demonstrating the versatility of photography. Every image contributed to the overarching theme of beauty’s vulnerability. The carefully selected photographs from John and Furnish’s collection offered a rare glimpse into their artistic sensibilities and profound appreciation for the emotional power of photography.

One of the exhibition’s most captivating aspects was its portrayal of the transient nature of beauty. The images highlighted the fleeting moments in life, emphasising how quickly they pass while leaving a lasting impact. This theme prompted deep reflection on the world’s impermanence and the delicate skill required to capture such moments.

‘Fragile Beauty’ is a visually stunning and thought-provoking exhibition that celebrates the delicate balance between beauty and fragility. It serves as a testament to the power of photography. The original frames of each work added a personal touch, making it feel like a glimpse into a highly personal collection curated with love and attention.

‘Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection at the V&A’. Until 5 January 2025.