Paul McCartney: Photographs 1963–64 Eyes of the Storm

28 Jun-1 Oct 2023

National Portrait Gallery
London WC2H 0HE


An unprecedented exhibition, revealing – for the first time – extraordinary photographs taken by Paul McCartney

In this show, we focus on portraits captured by McCartney, using his own camera, between December 1963 and February 1964 – a time when The Beatles were catapulted from a British sensation to a global phenomenon. These never-before-seen images offer a uniquely personal perspective on what it was like to be a ‘Beatle’ at the start of ‘Beatlemania’ – and adjusting from playing gigs on Liverpool stages, to performing to 73 million Americans on The Ed Sullivan Show. At a time when so many camera lenses were on the band, it is Paul McCartney’s which tells the truest story of a band creating cultural history – in one of its most exciting chapters.

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