black and white image of linda mccartney holding a camera

Linda by Eric Clapton, New York, 1967


Ballarat International Foto Biennale Panel | Linda McCartney: Retrospective

Date 30.10.2021
Time 4:00pm (AEDT)
Location Online
Date: 30.10.2021 Time: 4:00pm (AEDT)


In-conversation panel event with Sarah Brown, Photographic Curator of the Linda McCartney Archive; Ballarat International Foto Biennale Artistic Director and CEO Fiona Sweet; and industry guests.

The panel will discuss the Linda McCartney: Retrospective, delving into the details surrounding touring the exhibition to Australia for the first time, Linda’s lasting influence and career, and the photographic medium as an art form.

For the first time in Australia, the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale will present an exclusive look back at the career of the world-famous photographer Linda McCartney (1941-1998). Curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Linda McCartney: Retrospective features more than 200 extraordinary photographs, including images of the McCartney family, the 1960s music scene, and a series of prints from the McCartney’s time to Australia between 1975 and 1993 which have never been shown before.

About the artist

Linda McCartney’s photographic career spanned from 1965 to 1997, during which bore witness to the evolution of pop and youth culture as we know it. Linda’s early portraits of the burgeoning New York 1960s music scene capture the vulnerability of future world conquering rock stars. Known for her portraits of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, among many others, she was the first female photographer whose work was featured as the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1968, with a portrait of Eric Clapton. Linda McCartney: Retrospective showcases some of the most iconic artists and moments from the 1960s music scene alongside intimate family portraits. The photographs capture the world as she experienced it, representing the people, places and landscape around Linda in her inimitable, spontaneous and experimental style.


  • A prominent and highly respected arts director, Fiona Sweet is renowned for inspiring and intelligent delivery of uniquely curated festivals and exhibitions. Currently, Fiona is the Creative Director of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia’s leading contemporary photographic event.

    Fiona is an influential and in-demand public speaker, industry judge, photographic portfolio reviewer and assessor in Australia and internationally. The recipient of many prestigious design awards, Fiona was the Director and Founder of Sweet Creative and former Board Director of the Australian Graphic Design Association. Fiona was the recipient of an Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant in 2018 for her research on international art festival best practice.