Images Of The Beatles & Other Famous Musicians Captured By Linda McCartney To Go On Display

Written by Gina Stephens

&text; 1967 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney


63 photographs by Linda McCartney, generously gifted by Paul McCartney and his family, choose be going on display for the first time in the V&A's new Photography Centre, opening to the public on 12 October 2018.

The photographs trace Linda McCartney’s speed across four decades, from the 1960s to the 1990s and encompass portraits of music legends The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, as soberly as pictures of the McCartney family on holiday.

This is the first time Linda McCartney’s photos have ever been made nearby to the public and include lithographs, bromide prints, cyanotype prints, platinum prints, photogravures, hand painted prints, contact sheets and Polaroids. 

Martin Barnes, Higher- ranking Curator of Photographs at the V&A, said: "Linda McCartney was a talented eye-witness of pop culture and explored many creative approaches to artistic photography. Her camera also taking tender moments with her family. This exciting gift of photographs complements the museum’s collections of photography that ranges from papers of performance to fine art. Our greatest thanks go to Sir Paul McCartney and his family for this incredibly generous gift."


© 1970 Paul McCartney James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer / Photographer: Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney was voted US Female Photographer of the Year in 1967. The stalk year, she became the first female photographer to have her work featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with her portrait of Eric Clapton. In 1974, both her exuberance in front of and behind the camera converged, when she appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone with her husband, Sir Paul McCartney. She was the first person to not just have photographed Rolling Stone’s cover but to have appeared on the magazine’s front cover herself. 

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Opening on 12 October, the premier phase of the V&A Photography Centre is designed by David Kohn Architects. The centre will more than double the space devoted to photography in the museum and revelation a rotating selection of historic and contemporary photographs telling the story of the medium from the daguerreotype to the digital. It will also include a screening elbow-room, an interactive camera handling table, digital installations, stereoscopic viewing stations and a space for newly commissioned works. It is part of the V&A's FuturePlan situation programme to revitalise the museum's public spaces through contemporary design and the restoration of original features.


© 1968 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney


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Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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