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Wednesday, 23 January, 2002, 13:50 GMT
McCartney family photos on show
Stella and James McCartney
Children Stella and James enjoy a wild momemt in 1981
Photographs charting more then 30 years of the life of the late Linda McCartney will go on show to the public from Thursday.

The pictures, all taken by McCartney and never been seen before outside of her family and friends, will be on display in London until 1 March.

They include intimate and relaxed images of her husband, Sir Paul McCartney, and their four children, as well as many of the family's illustrious friends.

American-born McCartney died on 17 April 1998, aged 56, after a long battle with breast cancer.

Sir Paul McCartney
A pensive Sir Paul captured in Venice in 1971

Throughout her life, as well as being known as Sir Paul's wife, she earned her own celebrity as a photographer, animal rights campaigner and businesswoman.

The pictures in the exhibition at the Hackelbury gallery, South Kensington, have been collected from a new book of the same name, Linda McCartney: Light From Within.

"The images in both the exhibition and book reflect a zest and passion for life and all things living," said the exhibition's promoters.

"Linda McCartney has captured a spare and sometimes surreal beauty in these photographs.

"This body of work is filled with meaning, poetry and resounding warmth."

Linda McCartney photograph
Linda McCartney took jokey pictures of herself

Sir Paul, who was married to Linda McCartney for 29 years, is featured in many of the pictures, which are a mixture of colour and black and white.

Many date back to when the couple first met in the late 1960s when Sir Paul was with The Beatles.

Born Linda Eastman in New York, McCartney became a photographer after leaving school.

She captured some of the most illustrious rock stars of the 1960s, including the Rolling Stones.

Photographs in the exhibition illustrate McCartney's closeness to the stars, including a powerful image of Janis Joplin performing in 1967.

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin's energy is caught in 1967 in New York

That same year, McCartney went to London and photographed the Beatles, fell in love with Sir Paul. She married him two years later.

The couple had three children, Mary, Stella and James. Linda also had a daughter Heather from a previous marriage.

Some of the most intimate pictures in the show are those taken of the children at various stages in their lives and in the family's different homes.

During her lifetime McCartney carved herself several successful careers through her varied interests.

As a result, she and became a millionaire independently of her pop star husband.

Linda McCartney: Light From Within is at HackelBury , 4 Launceston Place, London W8 from 24 January until 1 March.

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