Linda McCartney was an active and admired photographer for over three decades. Her work is known for its lack of pretense and spontaneity.
Linda McCartney (née Eastman) began her photo career shooting rock portraits in 1966. Born in New York in 1941, she took a photo course with Hazel Archer and studied art history at the University of Arizona before settling in New York City.
By 1968, her portrait of Eric Clapton was on the cover of Rolling Stone and she made history as the first woman photographer to achieve this milestone. McCartney, captured her era’s most important musicians including Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and many others.
In 1967, while working in London, she photographed The Beatles at an album launch event and met band member Paul McCartney. They married in 1969, raised a family and performed in the band Wings together.
From the mid 1960’s to 1998, McCartney captured her whole life on film: rock and roll portraits, her family, travels, celebrities, animals, and still lives. Her candid photographs display a certain feeling for her subjects and are a strong and lasting reminder of her life’s journey and artistic talent.
The current exhibition at Bonni Benrubi Gallery is planned in conjunction with the release of a retrospective book of the same name published by Taschen. The volume was edited by Alison Castle, with contributions by Annie Leibovitz and Martin Harrison.
The monograph and the exhibits were selected from McCartney’s archive of 200,000 images and negatives and were planned in close collaboration with Paul McCartney and their four children.
The exhibition Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs will be on view at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 41 East 57th Street 13th Floor, New York until July 29, 2011. For further info, visit: bonnibenrubi.com.