Paul McCartney might visit Ballarat next year for a retrospective of Linda McCartney’s photos

Featuring some never before seen photos of the McCartney family in Melbourne

Paul McCartney could visit Ballarat next year, dependent on COVID restrictions, for a special retrospective of his late wife Linda McCartney’s photography at the city’s International Foto Biennale.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the exhibition will feature over 200 photos, including both portraits of some of the biggest names of the ’60s – Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones – as well as her home life in London.

The exhibition will also reportedly include photos of the McCartney family’s trips to Australia in 1975 and 1993, some of which may never have been seen outside private settings before.


Biennale artistic director Fiona Sweet told the Herald she was working with the McCartney family on the curation of the images, after a three year process of negotiation to secure them.

The show will be a modification of the exhibition which premiered in Glasgow last year, before being remixed again in Liverpool earlier this year.

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2021 will kick off on August 28, running until October 24 next year. Tickets for the event go on sale from 9am December 13 via the gallery’s website.

Linda McCartney passed away from breast cancer in 1998. She was the first female photographer to have a photo on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in 1968, with an image of Eric Clapton.