Elton John once said, “I loathe celebrity. I can’t stand it.” Yet, here he is, a worldwide phenomenon who’s been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. This online exhibition traces his convoluted and transformative path—and outfits!—to international fame as a rock star. The photographs are by Ed Caraeff, Terry O’Neill, and Norman Parkinson, all of whom documented the “Rocket Man” at different, crowning points of his extraordinary life. —E.C.