Linda McCartney returns in spirit to the country she loved, Scotland, in the upcoming retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. The exhibition features images and items of Linda’s that have never before been on display in the United Kingdom. The photographs range from the beginning of her career in the 1960s until her death in 1998, so one can follow her life from the explosive music scene of the ‘60s, to her humbled world as a loving mother. Open to the public until the 12th of January 2020, the exhibition has been dubbed one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of this year.
While her marriage to Beatles star and household name Paul McCartney may have stolen the limelight in the past, this exhibition is a real testament to Linda’s talent as a creative – although obviously, as her husband, Paul does feature in many of the photos. But in this retrospective, it is refreshingly Linda who is the star. Not only does the exhibition show her versatility as a photographer, but it will also feature her old cameras, polaroids, contact sheets, and even her diary from the ‘60s when her career really took off. The collection is comprised of iconic images of stars like Jimi Hendrix or Aretha Franklin in conjunction with wonderful landscapes and depictions of a candid, wholesome family life that followed her star-studded experience of the swinging sixties.

In the 1960s, Linda made history for female photographers with her 1968 Rolling Stone cover, which was the first-ever to be taken by a woman. She was also an animal rights activist and began her own vegetarian foods business that still thrives and makes delicious cruelty-free sausages to this very day – thanks, Linda! The exhibition celebrates these achievements of hers that may have been lost under her label as the wife of a pop star and shines the spotlight on Linda and Linda alone.
The exhibition Linda McCartney Retrospective is on view until January 12, 2020, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Argyle St, Glasgow.
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The Beatles at Brian Epstein’s home in Belgravia at the launch of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, London 1967.
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Self Portrait, Sussex, 1992
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The Beatles, Abbey Road, London, 1969
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Aretha Franklin modelling for Mademoiselle, Los Angeles, 1968
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Mary, Paul and Heather, Scotland, 1970
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Lucky Spot in Daisy Field, Sussex, 1985