See Beatlemania from the eyes of Paul McCartney

Triptych photograph of Paul McCartney taken by himself
Self-portraits in a mirror. Paris, 1964

As The Beatles captured the hearts of millions, Paul captured it all on his Pentax film camera. Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64: Eyes of the Storm takes visitors inside the 1963–64 frenzy of Beatlemania, as the band’s first U.S. tour skyrocketed them to global fame.

More than 250 of Paul’s photographs, recently rediscovered in his archives, reveal his singular vantage point at the centre of this whirlwind of attention and adoration illuminating both the historical, and the personal, moments Paul and his bandmates experienced together.


Brooklyn Museum ⁠
⁠May 3 – August 18, 2024  ⁠


Tokyo City View
July 19 - September 24

Portland Art Museum
September 14 2024 – January 19, 2025

Knowledge Capital Event Lab, Osaka
⁠October 24 2024- January 5, 2025


National Portrait Gallery
⁠June 28 – October 1, 2023

⁠The Chrysler Museum of Art
⁠⁠December 5, 2023 – April 7, 2024

The truth is that I have 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.


Go Behind-the-scenes of the Exhibition

From archive to exhibition, this is the journey of how Paul rediscovered never-before-seen photographs, captured during the early days of 'Beatlemania,' and brought them to life in an extraordinary exhibition at the newly refurbished National Portrait Gallery.

Get your copy of '1964: Eyes of the Storm' book

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1964: Eyes of the Storm presents 275 of Paul’s photographs from the six cities of these intense, legendary months – Liverpool, London, Paris, New York, Washington, D.C. and Miami. Including a Foreword by Paul, this book captures the moment when the culture changed and the Sixties really began.