From Me to You; SIR PAUL DONATES RARE PICTURES BY LATE WIFE linda TO NATIONAL MUSEUM Linda McCartney, main picture, took this photograph, left, of Paul and their children, Stella and James, at their farm in Scotland, in 1982. Below: Mary McCartney, 1994.
Byline: SHERNA NOAH ECHO Correspondent email@example.com
SIR Paul McCartney has made a "major gift" of more than 60 photographs taken by his late wife, Linda, to the Victoria & Albert museum (V&A).
The images feature music stars and "tender family" moments.
A selection of the 63 photographs will go on display at the V&A's new Photography Centre, which opens in London in October.
The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix are pictured, as well as intimate personal portraits of the Mc-Cartney family on holiday.
Linda became a professional photographer in the mid-1960s The V&A's senior curator of photographs, Martin Barnes, said Sir Paul wanted to make some of his first wife's pictures "more accessible".
"Placing them in a freely accessible collection like the V&A enables that to happen, and allows the work of Linda McCartney to be seen within a much broader context, of a wide history of photography, rather than isolated in that kind of story of rock and pop and the McCartney story," he said.
He said: "When you look at a whole range of photographs, she keeps experimenting with different styles, different camera types, different printing types. She's very interested in unguarded moments and intimate moments, unstaged moments, with her family.
"But she brings that approach to the world of celebrity and rock and pop as well ...
"She had a real eye for a moment. She stepped back a little bit more from the staging. She was able to capture things that felt more honest and more real."
He praised the "incredibly generous gift" from the ex-Beatle and his family.
Linda, who was born in New York, was voted US Female Photographer of the Year in 1967.
She died in 1998, from cancer, aged just 56.
PICTURES: LINDA MCCARTNEY