Linda McCartney Retrospective Exhibition | Review

Now that most of us carry a camera everywhere with us in the form of our smartphones, it has never been easier to take photographs.

No fancy lenses are needed – these devices do all the work.

Studies find something like 1.8 billion photos are uploaded every day, which, broken down further, means every two minutes humans take more images than even existed 150 years ago. The worst part is I’m sure most of these are selfies taken by Kim Kardashian.

Fortunately,  I have an exhibition for you to right the imbalance, and its exclusive Australian run is part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB), which has been extended until January 9 in the historic Goldfields city 90 minutes west of Melbourne.

Linda McCartney: Retrospective at the Ballarat Art Gallery features more than 200 photographs by the late famed photographer and has been curated  by Sir Paul with his daughters Mary and Stella McCartney. Linda was an avid documenter of her family’s life and there are wonderfully intimate moments on display, which offer an alternative vision to her images of the 1960s music scene, where you get a sense of her access-all-areas advantage. Her images of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles (of course) are well known.

Linda McCartney’s career spanned some 30 years from the mid-’60s to 1997 – she was the first female photographer to shoot a Rolling Stone magazine cover, a 1968 portrait of Eric Clapton – before her untimely death from cancer in 1998. The show is rounded out with a series  of never-before-seen prints from the McCartneys’ time in Australia.

Linda McCartney, Self Portrait with Paul and Mary, London, 1969
Linda McCartney, Self Portrait with Paul and Mary, London, 1969

The Biennale is one of the best art events on the Australian calendar. Now in its 16th year, it has grown from strength to strength. This year the festival features 170 artists across a hundred venues. For the first time, BIFB tickets are available for a single-day visit or as a new three-day pass for multiple entries.

Make it a weekend and stay somewhere close to the gallery such as the Provincial Ballarat, the stylish period hotel owned by former The Project host Gorgi Coghlan, or Battista, a made-over Baptist church that featured on the ABC’s Restoration Australia. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, from craft beer at Aunty Jacks brewpub to fun Asian at Moon & Mountain and Renard cocktail bar, which opened earlier this year.

Three more shows to check out

● Erik Kessels’ 24 Hrs in Photos is a response to the overload of images in contemporary society via a sea of 350,000 images.
● Number One: Gudinski is a celebration of late music promoter Michael Gudinski’s legacy in the music industry.

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