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 Mary and her subjects. She responds 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) the body of work was 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 curated by de Pury de Pury. “Mother Daughter” first showed at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC (2015) and again at Fotografiska, Sweden (2018). Continuing her study of the unseen Mary captures behind the scenes 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’ (2017) published with HENI Publishing shares with us, as quoted by Mark “a rare peep backstage that Mary has captured so spontaneously”. Mary’s most recent project ’The White Horse’ an intimate portrait of rider and horse is published with Rizzoli USA (2018).


Off Pointe
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2018
Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton, 2007
Julia Margaret Cameron Museum, 2005
Royal Opera House, London, 2004

Mother Daughter
Fotografiska, Sweden, 2018
Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2015

Izzy Gallery, Toronto, 2017

Monochrome & Colour
De Pury De Pury, London, 2014

Lowry Gallery, UK, 2013
Izzy Gallery, Toronto, 2013

From Where I Stand
Michael Hoppen Gallery, UK, 2010
Staley Wise Gallery, USA, 2010
National Portrait Gallery, UK, 2010
Contributed, Germany, 2011
Tres Hombres, Sweden, 2012

Gay Icons
National Portrait Gallery, London, 2009

British Style Observed
Natural History Museum, London, 2008

Playing Dress Up
Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas, 2007

Collective Works
Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire, 2005


The White Horse
Rizzoli International Publishing

Twelfth Night 15.12.13

Monochrome & Colour
1st Ed 2014, 2nd Ed 2016

From Where I Stand
Thames and Hudson


Gagosian, New York, 26th September 2018
The White Horse Book Signing

IPC Museum, New York, 25th September 2018
With Mark Lubell

Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, 16th September 2018
With Solange Azagury, Matthew Day Jackson and Don McCullin

The Photographers Gallery, 16th May 2017
In conversation with Peter Blake
talking about photography & painting

Photo London Somerset House, 19th May 2016
With Philippe Garner

Society Club, 22nd March 2016
With Dr John Cooper Clarke

Gagosian, 30th November 2015
With Derek Blasberg

V&A lecture, 14th November 2014
With Stuart Smith

National Portrait Gallery, 2013
With Jonathan Yeo

National Portrait Gallery, 2nd May 2012
With Sue Webster

Conway Hall, London – 11th November 2010
PhotoVoice lecture with Robin Derrick

Nunnington hall, 16 June – 26 July 2009
In conversation with Mary

AnOther Jan 28, 2016

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