Paul McCartney says new exhibit of late wife Linda's photography is overdue

Written by on July 5, 2019

SGranitz/WireImageA new exhibit featuring the photography of Paul McCartney‘s late first wife, Linda, opened today at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. In a new BBC Radio interview, Paul chatted about his wife’s work, and her love of Scotland, where the couple had a farm on the Kintyre peninsula.

McCartney says he thinks the exhibition is overdue and believes Linda, who died of breast cancer in 1998, would have loved it. He reveals that he helped curate the exhibit, as did his and Linda’s daughter Mary, a respected photographer in her own right.

In the interview, Paul says he bought his Scottish property back in the 1960s after John Lennon told him how much he loved visiting the country. Paul initially purchased the farm as an investment and a getaway, and explains that when he got together with Linda, he brought her there and she fell in love with the place.

“She loved the wildness, and she loved horse riding and animals, generally, so she just loved that whole nature thing,” he noted.

Before meeting Paul, Linda had established herself as an in-demand rock photographer, but when she and Paul began spending time at the Scottish farm, she started taking pics documenting life there.

The exhibit features plenty of images that Linda snapped of well-known musicians, as well as photos of life in rural Scotland, including some featuring her husband and their children.

Regarding Linda’s talent as a photographer, Paul noted that “she always put people at ease, no matter who she was taking a photograph of…She just had a way of disarming you.”

Recalling how he reacted to Linda’s death, Paul said, “I think I cried for about a year on and off.”

The Linda McCartney Retrospective exhibit will run through January 20, 2020.

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