Today's Columbus Dispatch features an article about a new Linda McCartney photography exhibit that opened on Saturday at the Dayton Art Institute. The show is called "Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era," and contains a selection of 51 photographs, chiefly black and white shots of American and British rock acts including the Rolling Stones, the Association, the Grateful Dead, and a grouping of nearly a dozen prints in a "Beatles gallery."
The images are accompanied by captions written in Linda's own words such as one describing a shot of Mama Cass that reads: "Mama Cass, having finished off her own plate of oysters, was reaching out to start eating some of Denny Doherty's."
According to the director of the Dayton museum, Linda "had the ability to capture motion and emotion both ... She was a success first. She was a photographer before she met Paul McCartney. Her access already existed; she was good friends with Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles ... It's a splendid show. We chose it first on artistic merit; the fact that it's popular is nice, too."
Mr. Nyerges says his favorite photographs are Linda's black-and-white platinum prints: "These are exquisite prints. Platinum prints are difficult to make, and her work is absolutely impeccable." In the printing process, platinum is substituted for silver creating a broad range of delicate, luminous tones.
The show also features a 49-minute film biography of Linda and the 9-minute Grateful Dead film Sir Paul created from Linda's still photographs.
"Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era" will run through June 23.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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