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Sir Elton John reveals "the greatest passion I have outside of music"

Music icon Sir Elton John has revealed that he has an insatiable passion for photography, which began in 1991 when he had "just gotten sober". 

He told The Observer: "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."

When asked if he is a skilled photographer, Sir Elton John admitted that he isn't great at taking pictures and just prefers to admire the talent in others: "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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