Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney is marking the 10th anniversary of the death of his former wife Linda with an exhibition in London of her work as a photographer. ( dpa )
Linda McCartney, an American, had been married to the famous Beatle for 29 years when she died from breast cancer on April 17, 1998. She had long before made her name as a photographer, known under her maiden name of Eastman.
Sir Paul, 65, who has just emerged from a bitter divorce from Heather Mills, his second wife, helped curate the exhibition of photographs that will be shown at London's James Hyman Gallery from Friday.
In an emotional tribute in the run-up to the opening, Sir Paul Wednesday described his former wife as a "great artist" and said putting the exhibition together had brought back happy memories.
"Since Linda passed away, we worried that her work was not going to be shown, so it was wonderful when James Hyman said that he'd like to exhibit her photographs," Sir Paul said.
"Linda was clever, she was intuitive, and a great artist, and I'm delighted that this exhibition gives people a chance to see that."
The exhibition includes portraits of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, John Lennon and Mick Jagger, as well as the ex-Beatle himself.
Images from the 1960s to the 1990s also include landscapes, interiors, self-portraits and family life.
"She knew the moment to click, which I think was her big secret," said Sir Paul. She could see beauty in changing a baby's nappy, driving to Scotland, being on the farm with the sheep or horses."
"She had very graceful hands, long fingers, and there was a way that her fingers framed the camera that was so expert and elegant," he said.
The exhibition runs from April 25 to July 19.