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 at 3 Grafton Street, London, curated by de Pury de Pury. Last exhibition: “Mother Daughter” at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC (2015). Mary’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’ shares with us, as quoted by Mark “a rare peep backstage that Mary has captured so spontaneously”. 2018 will see Mary’s newest project ’The White Horse’ an intimate portrait of rider and horse published with Rizzoli USA.


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

Izzy Gallery, Toronto, 2017

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

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

Collective Works
Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire, 2005

Playing Dress Up
Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas, 2007


Twelfth Night

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

From Where I Stand


With Philippe Garner
Somerset House, 19th May 2016

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

With Derek Blasberg
Gagosian, 30th November 2015

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

With Jonathan Yeo
National Portrait Gallery, 2013

With Sue Webster
National Portrait Gallery, 2nd May 2012

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

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

AnOther Jan 28, 2016

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