Focusing in on a family life away from the glitterati

Story by Jack Foley


Linda McCartney is remembered fondly by many in several ways - as an earth mother, a vegeterian, animal-rights campaigner and sometime musician.

But one of her biggest passions was as a photographer and fans have the opportunity to see some of her finest work captured in a new exhibition, now showing at Hacklebury Fine Art, at 4 Launceston Place, W8, until March 2.

Entitled Light From Within, the exhibition reveals a quieter, more personal side to her photographic career, which began in 1966 when the former receptionist stole an invitation to a Rolling Stone floating press trip only to realise that she was the only photographer on board. Her fame was boosted when she married Paul McCartney four years later, in 1969.

At the height of her fame, and while based in New York, McCartney captured rock and roll icons such as Hendrix, Joplin and the Rolling Stones during the Sixties, as well as her husband.

But the exhibition in London, which has been inspired by the book of the same name which Linda was preparing in the two years before her untimely death in 1998, focuses on the time she spent in between capturing such stars.

Here, she takes a quirky look at the home life she and Paul enjoyed, chronicling the story of a family life, their friends and private moments. For fans of both Paul and Linda, the resulting exhibition is a must-see and a hitherto unseen glimpse of what it must have been like to be in love with a Beatle.

Light From Within; Hacklebury Fine Art, 4 Launceston Place, W8; 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Tel: 020 7937 8688.

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