Linda was voted US Female Photographer Of The Year and her pictures were exhibited in 70 cities in 12 countries. Her work hangs in the National Portrait Galleries of both the UK and the USA and she is the only photographer to have been honoured by three separate exhibitions at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The International Centre Of Photography in New York and the UK’s National Museum Of Photography.
Linda’s pioneering spirit led her to rediscover and re-popularise the age-old form of sun printing, literally printing photographs by using the sun’s rays. More recently, she and her friend the artist Brian Clarke had begun to spearhead a revival of the long forgotten 19th Century art of stained glass photography.
An exhibition of her pictures set into stained glass by Brian Clarke opened at
the German National Museum Of Stained Glass in Linnich, near Cologne,
on May 16th 1998. Five books of Linda McCartney’s photography
have been published - Linda’s
Pictures; Photographs; Sunprints; Sixties: Portrait Of An Era and Roadworks.
Linda’s photography did much to help promote the aims of many varied causes including the anti-fur lobby Lynx, Greenpeace, The Council For The Protection Of Rural England, Friends Of The Earth, The Great Ormond Street Hospital, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, The Hammersmith Hospital, The British Dyslexia Association, The Rye Memorial Hospital and War Child.
In 1989 she began her other passion, to save the lives of animals through promoting the vegetarian lifestyle that she and Paul had long embraced. Her first two vegetarian cookbooks, Linda McCartney’s Home Cooking and Linda’s Kitchen became international best sellers. Linda’s cookbook, Linda McCartney On Tour, was published by Little, Brown & Co in 1998. Following the huge success of her first cookbook, Linda broke new ground in 1991 by launching her own range of readymade meatfree meals, which have become the most popular vegetarian foods in Britain, with more than 500 million Linda McCartney meals served. From an initial choice of just six meals, the range expanded to more than 40 products.
Earlier in 1998 Linda came to the aid of two other causes, the cancer charity Bacupand The Starlight Foundation - each of which received profits associated with her sponsorship of the world’s first all-vegetarian professional cycling team.
Since soon after their marriage in 1969, Linda performed alongside Paul on his albums and on world tours in his bands. Earlier in 1998 she and Paul completed recordings of songs that Linda had written herself. Despite her work as a photographer, animal life campaigner, cookbook author, musician and vegetarian pioneer, Linda McCartney always claimed that her greatest achievement is her and Paul’s four children; Heather, Mary, Stella and James.
Linda’s work also reached the cinema screen. Her photographs of
The Grateful Dead became the inspiration and focus of
Grateful Dead: A Photofilm, produced from a new process of making stills
photography move and morph that was invented by Paul McCartney. The
photofilm was honoured by entry into both the London and New York