The real thing that makes a photographer is more than just a technical skill, more than turning on the radio. It has to do with the force of inner intention. I have always called this a visual signature...

Self - portrait with vines. Arizona, 1965

Linda Louise McCartney (née Eastman) was born in Scarsdale, New York, on 24th September 1941. She graduated from Scarsdale High School, Westchester County, New York in 1960, and went on to study at the University of Arizona, where she majored in art history.

Although her formal training extended to just two lessons on photography that she attended at a night school whilst studying as an art history major at the University of Arizona, the pictures by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Edward Weston that she discovered there – along with her later introduction to the photography of Edward Steichen – inspired and influenced Linda’s work. Linda was also fascinated by the history of photography and honoured the early photographic pioneer William Henry Fox by producing handcrafted cyanotype prints. Linda experimented with other printing processes throughout her career as well as producing thousands of Polaroids.

Poster for 'The Linda Retrospective' at CCP in Tucson, Arizona

The 'Linda McCartney Retrospective' is coming to Tucson, Arizona

The North American premiere of the 'Linda McCartney Retrospective' will open in February 2023 at Center for Creative Photography.

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Paul, Stella and James. Scotland, 1982

Paul McCartney Q&A with University of Arizona Students

To celebrate the opening of the 'Linda McCartney Retrospective', University of Arizona students submitted questions to co-curator Paul McCartney for an exclusive Q&A session.

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Photo of the cover for the Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries book

The Instant Art of Linda McCartney

Following her best-selling TASCHEN monograph 'Life in Photographs', discover a more intimate and highly personal side of Linda’s photographic work in 'The Polaroid Diaries'.

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Polaroid of Linda in Montserrat, Caribbean, 1980s


Linda McCartney’s photography covered an extraordinary range of styles from family to music, social commentary to nature. To celebrate Linda's work a combination of her best loved imagery and rarely seen photographs from her archive are published each week on Instagram.