The National Portrait Gallery has announce that after the largest redevelopment in its history, its doors will reopen again on 22 June 2023, with a programme of major exhibitions.
In the week that follows the Gallery’s reopening, the National Portrait Gallery is proud to present the major exhibition, "Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm" (28 June – 1 October 2023).
This unprecedented display that will share, for the first time, an extraordinary archive of rediscovered and neverbefore-seen photographs taken by Paul McCartney. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, this exhibition will focus on the portraits captured by McCartney using his own camera between December 1963 and February 1964, the period in which John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were propelled from being the most popular band in Britain to an international cultural phenomenon.
Drawn from McCartney’s own archive, this exhibition provides a uniquely personal and never-before-seen perspective on what it was like to be a ‘Beatle’ at the start of ‘Beatlemania’ – from gigs in Liverpool and London to performing on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York to an unparalleled television audience of 73 million people. At a time when so many camera lenses were on the band, these photographs will share fresh insight into their experiences, their fans and the early 1960s, all through eyes of Paul McCartney.
Feature image: John and George by Paul McCartney. Photograph: Paul McCartney/The National Portrait Gallery/PA
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