Patricia Anne “Pattie” Boyd is a model, photographer and author, born in Somerset, England. She was the first wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton and is popularly referred to as “Rock ’n’ Roll’s Greatest Muse” due to the fact that she inspired several important love songs including Something, For You Blue, I Need You, Layla, Pretty Girl, Never Make You Cry and Wonderful Tonight.
Pattie began her modeling career in 1962 in London, and appeared on the cover of Vogue and in several advertising campaigns. She was cast in the Beatles’ first feature film A Hard Days Night in 1964, where she first met George Harrison, and in 1965 Gloria Stavers of 16 Magazine invited Pattie to write a column called Letters from London giving advice and answering questions from teenage girls.
She married George Harrison in January, 1966 and when being a ‘Beatle wife’ made it too difficult to work, she began taking a strong interest in photography. She captured her loved ones and the experiences they shared, including the legendary trip the Beatles took to Rishikesh, India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968.
She continued to photograph her life and those closest to her during her second marriage to Eric Clapton and beyond, developing an archive of intimate images that includes candid shots of many of the most important figures in Rock ’n’ Roll history. She has gone on to pursue a career in travel photography, becoming a member with distinction of the Royal Photographic Society.
San Francisco Art Exchange LLC hosted her first-ever photography exhibit in 2005 titled Through the Eye of a Muse, which received global accolades and generated thousands of news stories. The reception inspired her to write her autobiography, and since then her work has been displayed in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Toronto, Dublin, London, Sydney and Almaty, Kazakhstan.