(Maiden Name: Linda Louise Eastman)
Education and Family Life
- Daughter of Leopold Vail Epstein (Lee Eastman) and Louise Sara (Lidner) Eastman.
- The second-eldest of her parents four children: Older brother John. and two younger sisters, Laura and Louise.
- Graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1959 and received her Associate of Arts degree from Vermont College in 1961.
- Attended the University of Arizona where she majored in the fine arts.
- Once her mother died in the 1962 crash of American Airlines Flight 1 in Queens, she did not care for travelling by air and took up nature photography as a hobby.
Her Photography Journey and Successes
- In 1962 she moved to Manhattan, New York with her daughter Heather after divorcing her husband Melville See after Linda's mother died.
- Her mother gave her money to live off of and a numerous amount of valuable paintings.
- Found a job in 1965 as a receptionist and editorial assistant for Town and Country Magazine. Here she had a love fling with David Dalton where she picked up some of her photography skills. Dalton was amazed by how well she controlled unruly musicians.
- When she was chosen to take photos of the Rolling Stones, she realized her passion for taking pictures for her work.
- Because of her photography skills, she was allowed backstage at Shea Stadium where she met her future husband Paul McCartney.
- Was able to photograph many other artists because of this and got an award/recognition for being the first woman to have a photograph featured on the front cover of the Rolling Stone Magazine.
- Later on she had her photographs that were exhibited in more than 50 international galleries. One of which being at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
About her work:
- "I don't need a lot of money. Simplicity is the answer for me." - Linda McCartney. A quote when McCartney had to answer a question about why she chose to be a photographer.
- "My mom became quite close with the people who she photographed. ... I remember Mom saying she felt quite bad for Janis Joplin because she thought that she was a lovely girl but she just was really insecure and had to drink so much to get herself onstage," -Mary McCartney when asked about her mothers work.
- I personally appreciate Linda's photography because she captures people's true personality.