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Biography

Born in London in 1969, Mary McCartney’s photographic work has focused on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally charged intimacy that offers us a new insight to the subject. Her work has concentrated on the world of portrait and candid reportage photography and is suffused with a deep personal investment that captures the creative chemistry between McCartney and her subjects. She responses to her wide variety of subjects as spontaneously as they are studied, thanks to her distinctive style and talent for encapsulating the inspirations, vulnerability, histories and personalities of her subjects.

McCartney’s exhibitions and publishings include "Off Pointe" (an in-depth photographic study of the Royal Ballet after hours) a selection of works are available to view as part of the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2018); First shown at The Royal Opera House, London (2004); "British Style Observed," at the National History Museum, London (2008); and "From Where I Stand," at the National Portrait Gallery and Michael Hoppen Gallery, London (2010). The two-volume book Monochrome Colour was published by GOST in 2014, with a concurrent exhibition at 3 Grafton Street, London, curated by de Pury de Pury. Last exhibition “Mother Daughter” at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC (2015). McCartney's most recently published work is a behind the scenes study of Mark Rylance as Olivia in the play Twelfth Night and his ensemble cast pre, during and post-performance - The books title:  ‘Twelfth Night 15.12.13’ as quoted by Mark “The study is a rare peep backstage that McCartney has captured so spontaneously”. McCartney’s most recent study “The White Horse” an intimate portrait of rider and horse just closed at Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco and been published as a 300 page homage to Alejandro by Rizzoli International Publishing (2018).