RPS Journal shows exclusive McCartney photos

07 April 2016

Society news

The Royal Photographic Society's RPS Journal - the world's oldest photography magazine - has published never-before-seen photographs by Clive Arrowsmith of Paul and Linda McCartney and Wings in its April issue. The music themed issue has been guest edited by Gered Mankowitz, himself a renowned music photographer. 

The photographs were hidden away in the loft of celebrated photographer Clive Arrowsmith. At a recent lunch celebrating the release of Arrowsmith’s critically acclaimed new book Arrowsmith: Fashion, Beauty and Portraits, Clive unearthed the images with others from his loft, which he hopes will form the foundation of his next book. He realised that he had scanned some of the images in high definition years ago, and discovered many McCartney originals never published before

Arrowsmith, who is a member of The RPS, was put in contact with the Society's Journal, by Jeff Vickers MBE FRPS. Three of these pictures appearing in the April edition of The RPS Journal. The discovery is particularly poignant as Linda McCartney was a member of The Royal Photographic Society, as a professional photographer, and had an exhibition at the Society's Bath headquarters in 1987.

The images were taken at the end of a shoot for the Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976) album and during the photo session for Off the Ground in 1993. Clive explains that Paul asked the stylist to get some 'fun costumes' which judging from the photos the entire group enjoyed their dressing up session including Linda wearing a beard and the closeness of the McCartney marriage is clearly in evidence in the intimate couples portraits alongside the unseen photograph of Paul McCartney bungee jumping. All the photographs were taken on Clive’s favourite Hasselblad camera.

Clive says that finding the pictures has triggered a lot of happy memories for him. “They really capture the seminal moments of the shoot when it all came together. The fun we were all having, plus Paul and Linda’s closeness, it’s the naturalness of the pictures that is the key to their success.”

Andrew Cattanach: Editor of The Royal Photographic Society Journal says: “Clive Arrowsmith is one of the World’s most celebrated fashion and celebrity photographers who is held in very high regard amongst our members & in the Photographic world. I am delighted that we were able to include an interview with him in our April edition that he has allowed us to bring these images into the public domain.

To read more please click the link: www.rps.org/mccartney

Image: © Clive Arrowsmith / Camera Press.