Daelim Museum is pleased to present , an exhibition of works by renowned photographer Linda McCartney (1941-1998), from 6th November 2014 to 25th May 2015. Linda McCartney was the first female photographer to have her work featured on the cover of legendary music and culture magazine, ‘Rolling Stone’. She is recognized for having taken some of the most candid photographs of various iconic musicians of the 20th century, including The Doors and The Beatles. Linda expanded her creative scope beyond the field of photography to include film and music, as well as taking an active part in social issues by publishing vegetarian books and broadcasting on animal rights issues, becoming a female icon of her generation.
This exhibition consists of around 200 of Linda's iconic works, arranged according to key themes. 'Chronicler of the Sixties' features portraits of some of the leading musicians and artists of this legendary era and includes many of McCartney's best known works. In 'Family Life' the artist captures scenes from the everyday life of her own family. 'Social Commentary' conveys the social messages that McCartney worked so hard to deliver and shows the influence of American street photographers such as Walker Evans. Finally, 'Portrait of Linda' presents McCartney as viewed by the artists with whom she enjoyed close relationships. A background story, portraying Linda through the recollections of fellow artists, and a selection of materials such as records and interviews featuring her, also awaits viewers.
, produced by Daelim Museum and the McCartney family, reflects upon the real beauty of everyday life and the highly personal images of iconic musicians that Linda was able to capture through her sincere method of photographic documentation. Her passion for music, affection for artists and artistic experience has been a source of great inspiration to numerous contemporary artists. As an acclaimed photographer, social activist and devoted wife and mother, Linda McCartney strikes a deep chord with many young women today, offering viewers a unique opportunity to find inspiration and happiness in life through her exceptionally intimate photographs.
"I'm taking my camera into the world I really love."
- Linda McCartney
"Her honesty shines through all the images she produced, and her general lack of artifice is continually refreshing."
- Paul McCartney
"Her humour is there, her sympathy, her love of nature and life. Every image is a reflection of her way of seeing life and how she viewed every day with fresh eyes. Her lens was her way of expressing herself."
- Stella McCartney
“Above all I want the pictures to be personal and natural. Mum’s motto was always “keep it simple”, which I stick to.”
- Mary McCartney
"Linda never stopped taking pictures. She was serious about it. I must confess that I was a little envious of her book of sun pictures… They are mysterious and beautiful."
- Annie Leibovitz
"Thrilling, sweetly intimate pictures of… friends and heroes from that flower bright, disorderly, uncompromising era."
- New York Times
Linda Louise McCartney 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. Linda became a professional photographer in the mid-sixties and went on to photograph many iconic musicians of her time. She was the first female photographer to have work featured on the cover of 'Rolling Stone' magazine.
McCartney is recognized for having taken some of the most candid photographs of various iconic musicians of the 20th century, including The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and The Beatles. Her photography developed a reputation for unembellished images that offered honest glimpses into the emotions of her subjects.
The works of photographers Walker Evans, and Dorothea Lange, to which she was first introduced during her college years, and the artistic environment in which she grew up, influenced Linda's creative interests and work. Fascinated by the history of photography, Linda honored photographic pioneers such as Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot by producing handcrafted prints based on old photographic processes. She refined her personal style in a time of creative effervescence, blending the aesthetics of the snap shot, the growing popularity of color photography, and Polaroid experimentation. As a whole, Linda's photography shows accents of humor tinged with surrealism and her affinities with an extremely diverse social scene.
After getting married to Paul McCartney, she expanded her creative scope beyond the field of photography to the film and music. She received credits on their duet album 'RAM', joining her husband on stage as a keyboard player and vocalist in Wings. In 1989, Linda began to pioneer another passion: saving the lives of animals through promoting the vegetarian lifestyle that she and Paul had long embraced. Her first two vegetarian cookbooks, 'Linda McCartney's Home Cooking' and 'Linda's Kitchen' became international bestsellers. Linda continued to work prolifically as a photographer until her death from breast cancer in 1998. Her works have been shown by institutions including the International Center of Photography in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London.