The first event in the Photography in Focus series this year was the tour of the exhibition of Elton John's private collection. We had a chance to get the most comprehensive overview of photography of the 20th century including iconic works of over 70 modernist artists all in one space. Simon Baker shared his knowledge and passion about selected rare vintage prints and gave us insights on artists' approaches and pioneering techniques, that led photography to be recognised as a form of art today.
Simon Baker is Tate’s first Curator of Photography. Since his appointment in 2009 he has worked on acquisitions, displays of the permanent collection and exhibitions at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and in advisory roles for Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool. Major exhibitions on which he has worked include William Klein + Daido Moriyama (2012) and Conflict, Time, Photography (2014).