Eyes of the Storm
Free for Members and Patrons
★★★★★ The Times
★★★★★ The Independent
★★★★★ Evening Standard
Past exhibition archive
28 June - 1 October 2023
£22.00 / £24.50
£5 for all visitors aged 30 and under – supported by Bank of America
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Thanks to the National Portrait Gallery’s Reopening Partner: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
An unprecedented exhibition, revealing – for the first time – extraordinary photographs taken by Paul McCartney.
In this show, we focus on portraits captured by McCartney, using his own camera, between December 1963 and February 1964 – a time when The Beatles were catapulted from a British sensation to a global phenomenon. These never-before-seen images offer a uniquely personal perspective on what it was like to be a ‘Beatle’ at the start of ‘Beatlemania’ – and adjusting from playing gigs on UK stages, to performing to 73 million Americans on The Ed Sullivan Show. At a time when so many camera lenses were on the band, Paul McCartney’s photographs offer a crucial new perspective on the story of a band creating cultural history – in one of its most exciting chapters.
Paul McCartney, Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Download our digital guide on Bloomberg Connects and listen to a reflection on the exhibition by Paul McCartney, an audio interview with Mary McCartney, and explore a timeline of The Beatles from this period.
The Gallery is also a beneficiary of the Bloomberg Digital Accelerator programme