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Linda McCartney’s Polaroid Diaries

Launch at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

On September 18, Benedikt and Marlene Taschen hosted Mary, Stella, and Paul McCartney for the launch of Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Guests included Ringo Starr, Chrissie Hynde, Twiggy, Sharleen Spiteri, Marc Newson, Rosemary Ferguson, Sheherezade Goldsmith, and more.

After a private cocktail reception in the V&A’s Photography Centre, Mary and Stella McCartney – plus surprise guest Paul – joined 275 V&A members for a conversation about the book and Linda McCartney’s photographic work moderated by critic and author Ekow Eshun. A book signing in the Silver Galleries of the museum concluded the evening.

Bringing together hundreds of unseen Polaroids from the 1970s to the late 1990s, the book provides intimate testimony to Linda McCartney’s legacy as a fiercely committed and experimental artist, and is TASCHEN’s second monograph of her work following the 2011 publication of Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs.

© all event photos: Dave Benett