Linda McCartney sadly passed away from cancer in 1998. Prior to meeting Paul McCartney, Linda was a very well respected rock photographer in the days when women were not often thought of for that profession. In loving tribute to her memory, the McCartney family has put together a collection of some of her most iconic photography titled Linda McCartney – Life in Photographs. McCartney was in a unique position, as the spouse of arguably the most famous musician of her time to capture candid images of famous '60s and '70s rock stars, including Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Pete Townsend, The Yardbirds, The Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin. Most importantly, with access not available to anybody else, Linda was also there to photograph the last days of the Beatles.
As great as the rock photographs are, Linda's best work may be the loving and candid photos she took of her four children as they were growing up in rural England. What shines through, is a mother's deep and abiding love for her family. What a joy it must be for the McCartneys to have these photos to remember their childhood and their mother. Linda McCartney is a large coffee table style book, and the photographs are masterfully presented with a stunning look at this important time in history and pop culture.
Reviewed by FIDM Library Staff Member Monika Earle