Linda McCartney by TASCHEN
“My photography is me. I’m not influenced at all by critics… I grew up in a visual family and I’m a very visual person and the immediacy for me also in photography is like… I was trying to make social comments in my photographs, still am.” Linda McCartney said to the BBC during and interview that took place in 1994.
Linda McCartney’s life in Photographs published by TASCHEN is the ultimate retrospective volume of Linda’s oeuvre. Featuring studio sessions, intimate portraits of artists, and personal family scenes, the book is the definite reference for Linda’s work.
In 1967, Linda went to London to document the “Swinging Sixties,” where she met Paul McCartney at the Bag ’O Nails club and subsequently photographed The Beatles during a launch event for the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Paul and Linda were subsequently married on 12 March, 1969. For the next three decades, until her untimely death, she devoted herself to her family, vegetarianism, animal rights, and photography; themes that are pregnant through the photographs of her husband and children, but also other talents including The Who, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson.
Encounters with artists Willem de Kooning and Gilbert and George also reflect Linda’s affinities with modern and contemporary art.
Whether photographing her children, celebrities, animals, or a fleeting moment of everyday life, her photographs show genuine curiosity, spontaneity without artifice and often reveal intimate aspects of celebrated artists and musicians.
Designed in close collaboration with the McCartney family, with forewords by Paul, Stella, and Mary McCartney, the book is an absolute must-have for any fan of the British countryside, the Swinging London and the May 1968 era.
Contributions by Annie Leibovitz and Martin Harrison, art historian and curator who has published widely on photography and, most recently, on the paintings of Francis Bacon add to the prestige of this remarkable book.