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

Paul McCartney is set to mark the opening of the V&A Photography Centre with a photographic gift that features photos captured by Linda McCartney.

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The Beatles at Brian Epstein’s home in Belgravia at the launch of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

© 1967 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney


63 photographs by Linda McCartney, generously gifted by Paul McCartney and his family, will 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 career across four decades, from the 1960s to the 1990s and encompass portraits of music legends The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, as well as pictures of the McCartney family on holiday.

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

Martin Barnes, Senior 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 captured tender moments with her family. This exciting gift of photographs complements the museum’s collections of photography that ranges from documents of performance to fine art. Our greatest thanks go to Sir Paul McCartney and his family for this incredibly generous gift."


Paul and Mary. Scotland, 1970

© 1970 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney was voted US Female Photographer of the Year in 1967. The following 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 life 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 only have photographed Rolling Stone’s cover but to have appeared on the magazine’s front cover herself. 

Opening on 12 October, the first 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 display 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 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 development programme to revitalise the museum's public spaces through contemporary design and the restoration of original features.


Jimi Hendrix. 1968

© 1968 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney

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