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The First Woman to Photograph a Cover of Rolling Stone

Linda & Mary McCartney
Illustrations by Zoë Frederick

Linda (1941–1998) & Mary McCartney (1969–)

Linda McCartney’s inspiring career as a photographer triggered a love for the medium in her daughter, Mary. The duo’s joint passion was on display through January 2016 at the Gagosian Gallery New York in an exhibition that spanned three decades’ worth of work, aptly titled “Linda McCartney and Mary McCartney: Mother Daughter.” The photographs ranged from candid family moments to pictures of celebrities like Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix and Kate Moss. Linda, a photographer since the mid-1960s, was the first woman to photograph a cover of Rolling Stone. She was married to Paul McCartney from 1969 until her death in 1998. Mary followed in her mother’s footsteps, capturing images of well-known personalities as well as professional ballerinas at the Royal Ballet.

“My mother shaped my view of the world and inspired me to embrace spontaneity and capture the unforced.” —Mary McCartney

This feature originally appeared in the Mothers & Grandmothers issue. For more inspiring stories about women, check out The Journey of a Female Sommelier: From Paris to New York and our Women In History section.