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Paul McCartney commemorates late wife Linda’s talent for photography as he releases unseen photos

Paul McCartney commemorates late wife Linda’s talent for photography as he releases unseen Polaroids of family life

  • Unseen photos of Paul McCartney have been released in Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries
  • Pictures dating back from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s give a glimpse into the family life of The Beatles star, taken by his late wife Linda
  • Before Linda married Paul in March 1969 she was an award-winning photographer
  • Linda died from breast cancer in 1998, aged 56 

Unseen photos of Paul McCartney have been released in Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries.  

Pictures dating back from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s give a glimpse into the family life of The Beatles star, taken by his late wife Linda, who died from breast cancer in 1998, aged 56. 

The collection focuses on McCartney’s distinctive way of seeing the world and her family, through charming and quirky portraits of Paul, 77, and the couple’s four children. 

Family life: Unseen photos of Paul McCartney have been released in Linda McCartney: The Polaroid diaries

In one photo, Paul dons a paper bag as a hat and answers the phone while in another he holds Mary on his shoulders in their kitchen of their country farm in South England. 

The singer writes in the introduction: ‘She would just see things. Many of her photos, it’s just that one click. You’ve got to recognise when a great photo is happening in front of you. And then you’ve got to snap it at exactly the right moment… And she did that so many times that it always impressed me.’

The Polaroid Diaries curates more than 200 of these ‘right’ moments from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s.

Doting dad: Pictures dating back from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s give a glimpse into the family life of The Beatles star, taken by his late wife Linda

Doting dad: Pictures dating back from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s give a glimpse into the family life of The Beatles star, taken by his late wife Linda

 The book also features luminous landscapes across Scotland and Arizona- locations close to Linda’s heart-, as well as the odd celebrity, as the likes of Steve McQueen and Adam Ant wander into the frame.

Other pictures attest to her love of animals, with compassionate images of cats, lambs, horses, and hens from their farm. 

Back in July, Sir Paul and daughters Mary and Stella put together The Linda McCartney Retrospective, which runs until January 12 next year. 

Funny: The collection focuses on McCartney's distinctive way of seeing the world and her family, through charming and quirky portraits of Paul, 77, and the couple's four children

Funny: The collection focuses on McCartney’s distinctive way of seeing the world and her family, through charming and quirky portraits of Paul, 77, and the couple’s four children

Paul said at the time: ‘The whole family loves to honour Linda’s work.

‘She would have loved this because Glasgow was a place she loved. She loved Scotland because it gave us a lot of fond memories, a lot of freedom and a lot of happy times. It is nice to have all of that encapsulated.’ 

Before Linda married Paul in March 1969 she was an award-winning photographer and made history as the first woman to ever shoot a Rolling Stones front page image and praised for her candid celebrity snaps.

Candid: The Polaroid Diaries curates more than family moments from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s

Candid: The Polaroid Diaries curates more than family moments from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s

Diaries: The collection focuses on McCartney's distinctive way of seeing the world and her family, through charming and quirky portraits of Paul, 77, and the couple's four children

Diaries: The collection focuses on McCartney’s distinctive way of seeing the world and her family, through charming and quirky portraits of Paul, 77, and the couple’s four children

Her husband often joked he ruined her photography career, as their marriage overshadowed her work. 

Stella previously said: ‘Through these images you meet the real mother I knew. You see her raw and deep talent and passion for her art, photography.

‘Ahead of her time on every level, this mother-of-four still held her camera close like a companion, she captures the world around her through her eyes.’ 

Talented: Before Linda married Paul in 1969 she was an award-winning photographer and made history as the first woman to shoot a Rolling Stones front page image (pictured 1989)

Talented: Before Linda married Paul in 1969 she was an award-winning photographer and made history as the first woman to shoot a Rolling Stones front page image (pictured 1989)

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