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Journey Through A Life
on 17 June 2011
"Life In Photographs" is an excellent (and long overdue) retrospective of Linda McCartney's entire photographic ouevre. The early part of the book features an interesting variety of musicians: rare Beatles photographs from the White Album sessions are included, and a backstage shot of a yawning Jimi Hendrix is particularly fantastic. The beautiful portrait of Eric Clapton which made Linda the first female photographer to have her work grace the cover of Rolling Stone in 1968 is also featured.
But the heart and soul of this book lies in the wonderfully intimate shots of Linda's family: the McCartney children grow up throughout these pages, at home on their farm and accompanying Paul on various world tours.
The final images in this excellently printed large-format publication are especially beautiful, particularly of Linda's beloved horses in a winter snowstorm and a haunting self-portrait shot in the late Francis Bacon's studio the year before her death. "Life In Photographs" proves inconclusively that Linda McCartney was a brilliant photographer, capable of capturing moments of quiet beauty in almost any surrounding. Hopefully we'll see a second volume, covering her lesser-known but equally fantastic work (a quick visit to any Beatles photo blog will yield copious amounts of rare and wonderful Fabs/McCartney pictures).
(one minor criticism: some of the dates attributed to certain photographs are incorrect, most notably the famous Sgt Pepper's launch party where Linda was first photographed with Paul. They're listed as 1968, a whole year after the event. This of course does not detract from the images and will hopefully be corrected in future editions).