Photo © Alec Byrne

In a special edition 20/20 Icons of Eyewear issue published in March 2004, Elton John was voted the most popular and important Eyewear Icon ever by our readers, and we totally agree. His collective of music remains at the top echelon of recorded work, and his constant evolution of performing rivals that body of song and voice with exuberant presence. And… he does it all in an endless array of eyewear.

So 20/20 salutes this iconic artist as captured here by the equally legendary photographer Alec Byrne. We’re so devoted to Elton (and Alec!) that you can look forward to yet another Elton capture in our upcoming 20/20 March 15 special edition of What’s Brand New. And we promise a bit of an inside story for that one.

Visit in order to peruse many of the other images by Byrne and also have a look at his book London Rock with its rich treasure of rock and pop culture captures.

–James J. Spina