Clive Arrowsmith

Press Release: Royal Photographic Society

Published: 31 May 2016

Pictures the “world has never seen” before of Sir Paul and Linda McCartney found in the loft of one of the world’s most celebrated fashion and celebrity photographers, Clive Arrowsmith.

We are delighted to have an exclusive set of Paul and Linda McCartney photos for publication this April, which had been hidden away in the loft of celebrated photographer Clive Arrowsmith.

Clive Arrowsmith photography

On a recent lunch celebrating the release of Clive Arrowsmith’s critically acclaimed new book Arrowsmith: Fashion, Beauty and Portraits, Clive invited dear friend and fellow photographer Jeff Vickers (MBE, Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society) to his office to view some wonderful new pictures that he had recently unearthed from a search of his loft, which he hopes will form the foundation of his next book.

Jeff immediately knew these images where very special and set about organising an exclusive feature for The Journal, the magazine of The Royal Photographic Society of which Clive Arrowsmith is a member. To his amazement Clive realised that he had scanned some of the images in high definition years ago, and discovered many McCartney originals never published before. These three pictures will appear in the April edition of The RPS Journal, in a special music edition Edited by Gered Mankowitz (FRPS) the British photographer who made his name with his iconic pictures of Jimi Hendrix.

These images were taken at the end of a shoot for the Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976) album and during the photo session for Off the Ground in 1995. Clive explains that Paul asked the stylist to get some ‘fun costumes’ which judging from the photos the entire group enjoyed their dressing up session including Linda wearing a beard and the closeness of the McCartney marriage is clearly in evidence in the intimate couples portraits alongside the unseen photograph of Paul McCartney bungee jumping. All the photographs were taken on Clive’s favourite Hasselblad camera.

Clive says that finding the pictures has triggered a lot of happy memories for him. “They really capture the seminal moments of the shoot when it all came together. The fun we were all having, plus Paul and Linda’s closeness, it’s the naturalness of the pictures that is the key to their success.”

Andrew Cattanach: Editor of The Royal Photographic Society Journal says: “Clive Arrowsmith is one of the World’s most celebrated fashion and celebrity photographers who is held in very high regard amongst our members & in the Photographic world. I am delighted that we were able to include an interview with him in our April edition that he has allowed us to bring these images into the public domain.”

Footnote: Linda McCartney was a member of The Royal Photographic Society, as a professional photographer and had an exhibition at RPS Bath.

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