McCartney picks top Linda photos
Sir Paul McCartney has picked some of his favourite photographs taken by his late wife Linda for a new book.
The former Beatle and his children, including fashion designer Stella and photographer Mary, helped select pictures from an archive of more than 200,000 for the book which is described as a "lasting testament" to Linda.
Paul said: "From the early days I have very much admired her photography and being able to experience it personally only added to my feelings of admiration. In those days, it was quite unusual for a woman photographer to be working on her own in photography and, in many ways, I know she has inspired a large number of female photographers who followed in her footsteps."
Linda made her name taking pictures of some of the biggest rock stars of the 1960s and in 1968 she became the first female photographer to take a cover shot for Rolling Stone magazine.
She married Paul a year later and they stayed together until her death from cancer in 1998.
The book, called Life In Photographs, costs £44.99 and is also on sale in a special limited edition for £1,500.
One of the book's co-authors, photographer Annie Leibovitz, said: "Her pictures are proof of a life well lived. As a woman and as an artist.
"Linda McCartney's life became one with her photography. This was more obvious later on, but in a way it was true from the beginning.
"Linda never stopped taking pictures. She was serious about it."
An exhibition of some of the pictures opens in London in June.