Rare photographs by Linda McCartney on show for first time in Britain at Glasgow exhibition

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GLASGOW, Scotland, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Photographs by American photographer Linda McCartney taken during her marriage to former Beatle band member Paul McCartney, feature in a major exhibition which opened Friday in Glasgow.

The Linda McCartney Retrospective has been curated by the Beatles legend and the couple's two daughters, Mary and Stella McCartney, and is being shown for the first time in Britain.

The work features iconic names and moments in music from the 1960s, along with more intimate and emotional later work by the acclaimed and prolific photographer who died from breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 56.

The exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow will run until Jan. 12 2020.

The McCartneys bought a 600-acre farm southwest of Glasgow which was to become their hideaway retreat for the family from the dizzy world of pop stardom.

Paul McCartney wrote and performed the song Mull of Kintyre as a personal love song to Linda. It became one of Britain's biggest-selling singles of all time.

The retrospective includes one of Linda McCartney's diaries from the 1960s, which is displayed in public for the first time. It brings new insight into the contemporary music scene of the era and the beginnings of her photographic career. The exhibition also features ephemera and archive material, including Linda McCartney's cameras, photographic equipment and a vintage magazine, that have been uncovered from her expansive archive.

McCartney said: "It is really good having this exhibition in such a cool gallery in Glasgow. The whole family loves to honor Linda's work -- she would have loved this because Glasgow was a place she loved.

"She loved Scotland because it gave us a lot of fond memories, a lot of freedom and a lot of happy times. It is nice to have all of that encapsulated in the Kelvingrove exhibition."

Linda McCartney became a professional photographer in the mid-1960s, known for her portraits of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, among many others.

Linda McCartney continued to work prolifically as a photographer until her death. Her work has been exhibited by institutions including the International Center of Photography in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Enditem

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