Linda McCartney’s polaroid diary: An intimate glimpse into a Beatle’s family life
An intimate selection of polaroid photographs taken by Linda McCartney, the late wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, has been collected by Taschen to create book Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries.
The book, which also comes with a foreword by Chrissie Hynde and an essay by art critic Ekow Eshun, features over 200 polaroid photographs taken by Linda who captured intimate family moments from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s.
McCartney, born in New York in 1941, had a unique ability to capture the most extraordinary of scenes but do so with an innate sense of approachability. Her career as a photographer happened almost accidentally but her independence was always the strongest trait that pushed her to new lentos. “Her mental attitude was quite rebellious,” Paul McCartney once said. “She disliked socialising… She was an artist and was not cut out to be an academic.”
In fact, while introducing the book of polaroids, Paul explains in its 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.”
In the book, which also features some landscape images across Scotland and Arizona, Linda depicts everyday family life in her own unique way while living on their farm in Southern England.