Mary McCartney (b. 1969) is a British photographer, filmmaker, and author based in London, England. Entirely self-taught, she is best known for her portrait photography, which is infused with rare moments of unguarded intimacy. She brings a deep personal investment to her work, capturing the chemistry she creates with her subjects and revealing the emotion that imbues the image.

McCartney’s photographs have appeared in exhibitions at leading international institutions including The National Portrait Gallery, London and Fotografiska, Stockholm, and her seminal series, ‘Off Pointe – A Photographic Study of the Royal Ballet After Hours’ is part of the V&A’s permanent collection. Amongst McCartney’s several photography books is ‘Twelfth Night 15.12.13’, an intimate study of Mark Rylance and his ensemble cast in the play at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre published by HENI in 2016. Her editorial work has featured in GQ, Vogue and The Sunday Times and she has been a guest editor of National Geographic magazine. McCartney’s commercial projects include the ‘I’m a fan’ campaign with Mandarin Oriental hotels, for which she has photographed and filmed several celebrity ambassadors including Stanley Tucci and Dev Patel. In 2015, she was selected to take the official photograph of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II to mark the occasion of her becoming the longest-reigning British monarch in history.

Outside of photography and filmmaking, McCartney is a committed vegetarian and co-founder of Meat Free Monday and an ambassador for Green Monday, both are not-for-profit organizations that campaign for sustainable, meat-free living across the globe. She is the author of two vegetarian cookbooks, a consultant for Linda McCartney Foods and a guest chef on the Food Network’s Kitchen App.


Selected exhibitions

“Off Pointe – A Photographic Study of the Royal Ballet After Hours” at The Royal Opera House (2004); and presented by The Royal Photographic Society at Photo London (2019).

“Mother Daughter” at the Gagosian Gallery, New York (2015); and at Fotografiska, Stockholm (2018).

“From Where I Stand,” at the National Portrait Gallery and Michael Hoppen Gallery, London (2010).

“British Style Observed” at the National History Museum, London (2008).


Selected publications

“Paris Nude” published by HENI (2019).

“Twelfth Night 15.12.13” published by HENI (2016).

“The White Horse” published by Rizzoli International USA (2018), with a concurrent exhibition at Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco.

“Monochrome Colour” published by GOST (2014), with a concurrent exhibition at 3 Grafton Street, London, curated by de Pury de Pury.


Monochrome Colour
The Wola Museum, Warsaw, 2019
De Pury De Pury, London, 2014

The White Horse
Part of the HERMES collection of contemporary photography, 2019
The Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, 2018

Off Pointe
Somerset House, London, 2019
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

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

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

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


Mandarin Oriental
De Beers
Stella McCartney


British Vogue
L’Uomo Vogue
Vogue Poland
Beauty Papers
Love Magazine
Sunday Times Style
National Geographic
British GQ
Gq Australia


Paris Nude

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


The George Michael Collection Online Auction, Christie’s March 2019

Photo London 2019, Somerset House, 15th May 2019
With William A Ewing and Stephen Shore

AnOther Feb 5th, 2019

Victoria and Albert Museum, 22nd October 2018
In Conversation

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

ICP 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

Victoria and Albert Museum 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