Unseen ‘Beatlemania’ photos by Paul McCartney unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

April 3, 2023

How cool is this? The Beatles‘ workhorse Paul McCartney took a bunch of pictures at the height of ‘Beatlemania’ and they’ve been unveiled at London’s National Portrait Gallery!

You’ll be able to see them in-person between June 28 – October 1 ’23. The 250 photographs showcase his bandmates and band life while on tour from 1963-64.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes Of The Storm shows McCartney’s world through his Pentax camera.

An accompanying photobook, called 1964: Eyes Of The Storm, is being released on June 13 via Penguin Press.

In the book’s foreword, McCartney said of the period, “It felt like millions of eyes were suddenly upon us, creating a picture I will never forget for the rest of my life. The truth is that I’ve always been interested in photography, from the time I was very young, when our family owned a little box camera in the 1950s. I used to love the whole process of loading a roll of Kodak film into our Brownie camera.”

Meanwhile, a new Paul McCartney documentary, Man On The Run, was recently announced. The doc will look at McCartney’s life after the breakup of The Beatles and is  directed by filmmaker Morgan Neville. Neville was given “unprecedented access to a never-before-seen archive of Paul and Linda’s home videos and photos, as well as new interviews” to create the doc!

Couple cool things happening in McCartney’s world I thought you might be interested in.


Written by Todd Hancock