Paul McCartney Launches Exhibition Of Unseen Beatles Photos
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Sir Paul McCartney launched his new photo exhibition, Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm.
The exhibit was held at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It features 250 unseen photographs of McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr at the height of Beatlemania which was also featured in a book 1964: Eyes of the Storm, that was released on June 13.
All the photos were taken by McCartney himself showing the band in six cities, beginning in Liverpool and London, followed by Paris, their first visit as a group to America where they took in New York, Washington and Miami.
George Harrison’s widow Olivia, Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally, plus Julian Lennon were all present to support the Macca’s exhibition. Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm runs from 28 June to 1 October.
Talking about the photographs in an interview with The Sun earlier this month, the former Beatle said:
“While we were preparing for an exhibition of my late wife Linda’s photographs in 2020, I mentioned having taken my own, which, I then learned, had been preserved in my MPL archives.
“So, when I first saw them after so many decades, I was delighted that these images and contact sheets had been lovingly preserved and finally located.
“Anyone who rediscovers a personal relic or family treasure is instantly flooded with memories and emotions, which then trigger associations buried in the haze of time.
“This was exactly my experience in seeing these photos, all taken over an intense three-month period of travel culminating in February 1964.
“It was a wonderful sensation because they plunged me right back.”
McCartney then added:
“It was a period of — what else can you call it? — pandemonium that exploded in British concert halls, on television shows, and in the charts, where our music was suddenly what all the kids were listening to.
“We four guys from Liverpool couldn’t possibly realise then the implications of what we were doing.”