Linda McCartney established her reputation in the 1960s as a photographer of rock stars. Following her marriage to Paul McCartney her photographs became more intimate and experimental. As Paul McCartney has written:
'the photographs not only illustrate her incredible talent as an artist, but as someone who was very much connected to the culture of the times, and wasn't afraid to challenge herself or her subject.'
In 2008 James Hyman worked with Paul McCartney and Mary McCartney to stage a major retrospective of Linda McCartney's photographs from the 1960s to the 1990s, which received world-wide acclaim.
Linda Louise McCartney (née Eastman) was an American photographer, musician and animal rights activist. She was born into Jewish-American parents in New York City.
McCartney graduated from Scarsdale High School where she grew up, and then went on to be a Fine Art major at the University of Arizona. She then started to work for the Town and Country magazine and later seized an opportunity to photograph The Rolling Stones on a yacht on the Hudson River during a record promotion party.
She photographed artists such as Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who and Neil Young. In 1968 she photographed Clapton and became the first woman to have a photo featured on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Years later, she and McCartney appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, making her the only person to have been photographed and taken a photo for the cover of the magazine.
She married Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era was published.
Diagnosed with breast cancer.
Became Lady McCartney when husband Paul was knighted.
Died at the age of 56 on 17th April in Tucson, Arizona.