The National Portrait Gallery announced Wednesday (Jan. 25) that the exhibition, titled “Eyes of the Storm,” will help mark the gallery’s reopening in June after a three-year refurbishment. Gallery director Nicholas Cullinan said McCartney, approached the gallery in 2020 saying he had rediscovered a batch of photos from late 1963 and early 1964 that he had thought were lost.
Cullinan said they were an “extraordinary” set of images of “such a famous and important cultural moment … taken by someone who was really, as the exhibition title alludes, in the eye of the storm.”
“Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of The Storm” opens June 28 and runs to Oct. 1. The gallery is due to reopen June 22. Other exhibitions slated for this year include a retrospective of the 20th-century English photographer Yevonde, a show of drawings by David Hockney and an exhibition of portraits by Black artists from the U.S. and Britain.
In December, McCartney released a sprawling box set, The 7″ Singles Box, which collected more than 50 years of singles in a wood crate that tells the story of his post-Beatles career from 1970 to 2021. The 3,000 copy limited-edition set ropes in some of his biggest solo and Wings singles, including “Band on the Run” and “Maybe I’m Amazed,” as well as goofy ephemera like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae,” for a total of 65 re-creations of previous 7-inch releases and 15 new ones.