Linda McCartney: Brief Biography

LindaCamera_2Linda Louise McCartney was born on September 24th, 1941, in Scarsdale, New York.  After graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1960, she went on to study Art History at the University of Arizona.

After college, Linda became a professional photographer.  In her career, she photographed many of the iconic musicians of the time, including Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, and others.  She became the first female photographer to have her work featured on the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine with a portrait of Eric Clapton.

In 1974, Linda and Paul appeared together on the cover of Rolling Stone.  That photo made her the only person to have been a photographer for and photographed for the cover of the magazine.  That was a great representation of Linda’s life both in front of and behind the lens.

After marrying Paul McCarney in 1969, her photographs began reflecting more of her personal interests.  She began exploring the natural work and family life, creating intimate, emotionally charged photos.

In her parallel career as a musician, Linda joined her husband, Paul, in the album, RAM, on the stage as a keyboard player and vocalist in Wings and toured with the band throughout the 70’s extensively.

In the 1990’s, Linda’s passion for animal rights and the vegetarian lifestyle led her to write two vegetarian cookbooks, “Linda’s Kitchen”, and “Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking”.  Both of these books became international bestsellers and helped to revolutionize vegetarian home cooking, along with her food company, Linda McCartney Foods.

Linda continued her work as a photographer until her death from breast cancer in 1998.  Her work has been exhibited in many institutions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the International Center of Photography in New York.

More recently, Linda’s works have been exhibited in Seoul, South Korea, Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier and Kunst Haus, Vienna.  A selection of her images from her thirty-year career were published by Taschen, in Life in Photographs, in 2011.