THEY are works of art and love, in a place that she loved.

A major retrospective of the photographic art of Linda McCartney, collected and curated by her family, has gone on display in Glasgow’s Kevingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Video by Colin Mearns

It is the first time the exhibition of images - from showbusiness shots to intimate portraits of her husband, Sir Paul McCartney and children - has been shown in the UK.

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The show, called The Linda McCartney Retrospective, runs at the itself beloved museum until January.

Sir Paul and his daughters Mary and Stella put together the show., a retrospective that includes one of her diaries from the 1960s, displayed for the first time.

The exhibition has previously been shown in Vienna, Seoul and Montpellier.

Born in Scarsdale, New York, Linda McCartney studied art history at the University of Arizona.

Her break came while working as an editorial assistant at Town and Country magazine.

She used an unwanted invitation to a Rolling Stones promo party on the Hudson River to take pictures of the band and following the success of the images, she became a professional photographer.

As the resident photographer at Fillmore East in New York, she took pictures of many of the greats: Otis Reading, BB King, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, The Who and Jimi Hendrix among others.

In 1967, Linda was voted US Female Photographer of the Year and soon afterwards became the first woman to have her work featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with a portrait of Eric Clapton.

Following her marriage, her work focused on the natural world, family life and social commentary.

She continued to work prolifically as a photographer until her death from breast cancer in 1998. Her work has been exhibited by institutions including the International Center of Photography in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Themes in the show include The Sixties, Family Life, Self Portraits, Animals and Nature, People and Places, Making the Magic and Scotland, featuring pictures taken at the family home in Argyll and of people from local communities in Campbeltown, shape this significant retrospective.

She died from breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 56.

Sir Paul said: “The whole family loves to honour Linda’s work - she would have loved this because Glasgow was a place she loved.

“She loved Scotland because it gave us a lot of fond memories, a lot of freedom and a lot of happy times.

“It is nice to have all of that encapsulated in the Kelvingrove exhibition.”

Speaking to The Herald Magazine last week, Sir Paul, 77, reminisced about their time spent at High Park Farm near Campbeltown and what Scotland means to him and his family.

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Looking through the photographs last week with The Herald, he said the family had been happy at their home in Scotland.

“Very much so,” he said “It is funny because the first time I really heard anyone talk about it with a lot of fondness was John Lennon.

“He had relatives up in Scotland who he liked a lot and he visited them when he was a kid. He would talk with great fondness of the crofts and the holidays he’d had up in Scotland. So, there was always a nice feeling about it for me.

“Then, when I ended up getting the farm at Mull of Kintyre and going up there and spending some time, it had the same kind of resonance for me. Again, it was this fondness for the people and for the land. It constituted a form of freedom for us.

“We could get away from all the things we normally did and just enjoy a lot of space. One thing about the farm was you could walk out at night and see 360 degrees of sky which you can’t do in a city.”

Sir Paul purchased High Park Farm in 1966. The farmhouse, atop a hill overlooking Machrihanish Bay, came with 183 acres.

He married Linda three years later.

Stella McCartney, a celebrated fashion designer, said: “Through these images you meet the real mother I knew.

“You see her raw and deep talent and passion for her art, photography.

“Ahead of her time on every level, this mother-of-four still held her camera close like a companion, she captures the world around her through her eyes and this can be seen on the walls around the exhibition.

“Her humour, her love of family and nature and her moments framed with a slight surreal edge ... Scotland was one of her favourite places on Earth and so many images were taken there.”

The retrospective also includes one of Linda McCartney’s diaries from the 1960s and a selection of her cameras and photographic equipment.

“There is the one of me on the fence with two of my kids,” Sir Paul said.

“I think it captures the free spirit that we enjoyed when we came to Scotland. We escaped a lot of business stuff that was going on in London.

“That picture shows the joy of being in the freedom of Scotland. The baby is Mary and the one hanging over the fence is my eldest daughter Heather.”