The University of Arizona will exhibit photographs by Linda McCartney

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TUCSON, Arizona (AP) – The University of Arizona announced on Thursday that her Center for Creative Photography will host the North American premiere of “The Linda McCartney Retrospective” next year, celebrating her 30-year career as a photographer.

The exhibit will run from Feb. 24 to Aug. 5 and will be free to the public, school officials said. They added that the retrospective on McCartney’s career will also highlight her many ties to Tucson, where she died in 1998 of breast cancer at the age of 56.

McCartney began photography as a hobby while attending the University of Arizona in the early 1960s, and many of her early photos have the Sonoran Desert of Tucson as a backdrop.

She and her famous musician husband bought a 151-acre (61-hectare) ranch on the northeast side of Tucson in 1979, a decade after they married in London.

“Linda carried a camera with her most of the time, capturing images instinctively, which made her subjects feel totally comfortable with the process,” Paul McCartney said in a statement. “She loved to explore and find ways to make her art joyful and innovative at the same time.”

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University officials said the exhibit will include nearly 200 exhibits, divided into three major groups.

A group called “Artists” will include a wide range of portraits Linda McCartney has taken of cultural and musical icons, including the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin and Eric Clapton.

Another group, “Family,” will feature images documenting his outlook on domestic life after moving to England with his family, while “Photographic Exploration” will showcase McCartney’s experiences with photographic processes, including previously unseen screen prints and a Polaroid wall prints.

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