Paul McCartney’s ‘lost’ Beatles photos to go on exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery

February 6, 2023

After closing its doors three years ago for a major redevelopment project, London’s National Portrait Gallery will open again in June. And to celebrate its comeback, the museum has announced a spectacular exhibit of never-before-seen photographs of The Beatles, reports My Modern Met.

Taken by Paul McCartney, they will be included in 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm, which opens on June 28, 2023.

The photographs were taken by McCartney during the critical period when The Beatles rocketed to international success. Through his lens, McCartney takes us behind the scenes of “Beatlemania.” The intimate work gives insight into what it was like to go from performing locally in Liverpool to taking the stage on The Ed Sullivan Show with over 70 million people tuning in to watch.

The portraits, all taken with a 35mm camera, also will be included in a coffee-table book with the same name, also set to be released in June. The book will contain 275 photographs, which were culled from McCartney’s private archive. Incredibly, the iconic musician had completely forgotten about the images, and they were only rediscovered in 2020 along with thousands of other photos from his archive.

“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,” McCartney shared. “This was exactly my experience in seeing these photos, all taken over an intense three-month period of travel, culminating in February 1964.”

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