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Paul & Linda McCartney-Malibu ******* An original 276 x 353 mm Kodachrome II color print of Paul & Linda McCartney from the April 1971 Malibu shoot, but not the widely circulated image used for the iconic April 16, 1971 LIFE magazine cover. This is another shot, private in feeling and shot close-up with more light and detail. Because of its extraordinary intimacy, it was exclusively printed for Paul & Linda and privately circulated. With its beautiful color composition and moving contrasts of emotional openness and reticence, it communicates their love in a way never surpassed. No other example of the color photograph print is known to have been offered for sale. It is sleeved loose in its Kodak color enlargement folder, as issued. *******
- PROVENANCE: The photograph print was given to Vincent Romeo when he was personal manager for Paul McCartney (MPL) and purchased at the first auction of Beatles and McCartney memorabilia from his collection. PHOTOGRAPH: The day shoot is well documented. The shot was taken with Kodak's Kodachrome II film, using a Pentax SLR 35mm camera in early April 1971 in Malibu, California. One of a series of shots taken for potential publicity use for the release of the recording, RAM, it was shot at the same time of day and Paul & Linda are dressed in the same clothes, as for the LIFE cover shot, but as evidenced by the composition with its exquisite balance of light and shadow and the smaller grouping of yellow flowers in the background, it was taken closer in with a wider aperture. The color photograph was printed from the transparency 3 months later in July 1971 by Kodak, using their K-12 Development Process, Kodak's stamped red seal on the back, stating; "A color print made by Kodak, July 71R." SIZE: Print: 10.9 x 13.0 inches / Folder: 11.9375 x 14.875 inches. CONDITION: Good. Print: top outer corner with two scratches, one-the size of a small grain of sand, the other-3 mm; top tips with light wear, outer edges with a light bend that won't be seen mounted and framed. Scrutinized in extreme close-up in bright light, a slight dulling of Paul's hair can be seen on left side of his head, likely from cleaning: there is no other evident color deterioration. Rear: a finger smudge and a small black bar, marks not visible viewing the print. / Folder: some soiling, auction number on the upper side, an outer crack along fold-over. BACKGROUND: The couple was being introduced to a worldwide audience prior to the release of RAM, Paul McCartney's second solo record album after the Beatles' breakup, and the first to contain credited musical contributions from Linda McCartney. Shots were taken by the garden near the pool, at the Malibu beach house rented by Paul & Linda for the family, including their two girls, Heather (by Linda's first marriage) and Mary (b. 1969, their first child together). Linda was three months pregnant with Stella. Recording had been finished in March and publicity was proceeding for its mid-May release. Paul and Linda were working on the illustrated RAM songbook. Henry Diltz, already a well-known photographer of rock musicians, was asked to come do his, "fly on the wall thing". He had first met Linda in casual come-upon fashion in the summer of 1966 at the Modern Age Photo Lab in New York. HENRY DILTZ [1938-]: A leading rock photographer of the 60's-70's California rock music scene and the official photographer of Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival, he is known for his friendships with many musicians, especially Crosby, Stills & Nash. Photographs for more than 250 album sleeves are credited to him, including the Doors' "Morrison Hotel", James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James", Jackson Browne's eponymous debut, the Eagles' "Desperado", and the first album of Crosby, Stills & Nash. A documentary, "Under the Covers" discusses his album cover collaborations with Gary Burden. "California Dreaming: Memories & Visions of LA 1966-1975" by Diltz uses his vast archive of LA rock scene photos. He was also the principal photographer for "California Rock" by Fawcett and "Crosby, Stills & Nash" by Zimmer. Graham Nash has written the foreword for the comprehensive book on his work, "Henry Diltz: Rock On: The Photographs". VINCENT ROMEO: Before becoming personal manager for Paul McCartney, Vincent Romeo was an agent with CMA and represented Cat Stevens and Grand Funk Railroad. Recommended to Paul & Linda by Lee V. Eastman, Linda's father, a prominent New York entertainment lawyer, who had been retained as counsel by Grand Funk Railroad, he left CMA for McCartney Productions Ltd in London (later, MPL Communications). After, he became vice president of artist development for CBS International Records.
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