Paul McCartney on Linda McCartney: 'I was into photography, but she was better'

Photographer Linda Eastman (1941 - 1998) talks to Beatle Paul McCartney at the press launch of the Beatles new album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', 19th May 1967. The couple married two years later. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Linda Eastman shortly after she met Paul McCartney at the press launch of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Did you know that legendary Beatle Paul McCartney's first wife was a professional photographer? And a brilliant one at that! Linda McCartney (1941-1998), born Linda Eastman, was the first-ever female photographer to shoot a cover image for Rolling Stone magazine - with an image of Eric Clapton. She was a renowned music photographer in her own right covering the early New York doo-wop scene.

The Linda McCartney Retrospective is an exhibition opening this week at the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography, and has been curated by Paul McCartney and their daughter Mary McCartney, who is now also a photographer and documentary filmmaker, to showcase Linda's entire career from 1965 to 1997.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.