Mary McCartney’s photos on view at UK’s National Portrait Gallery

Gwyneth Paltrow as Madonna by Mary McCartney, London, 2004 Copyright Mary McCartney

Gwyneth Paltrow as Madonna by Mary McCartney, London, 2004 Copyright Mary McCartney

LONDON – From Where I Stand is the first solo display of work by photographer Mary McCartney at the National Portrait Gallery. The display, which opened on Oct. 4, 2010, celebrates the publication of McCartney’s first book, From Where I Stand, selected from her complete archive from the 1990s to the present. The exhibition is on at the National Portrait Gallery through Feb. 13, 2011.

The display of 12 portraits will include portraits of well-known British figures from the worlds of art, film, fashion and music alongside portraits of McCartney’s family. Photographs of PJ Harvey and British film directors from the gallery’s collection will be on show besides portraits of Helen Mirren, Gwyneth Paltrow as Madonna, Sam Taylor-Wood and the Chapman Brothers, Tracey Emin as Frida Kahlo, Vivienne Westwood and Lily Cole amongst others. In an insight to Mary’s world, both public and private, intimate portraits of Stella and Linda McCartney will also be exhibited.

Mary McCartney was born in London in 1969 and started her career as a professional photographer in 1994. She has been commissioned for numerous publications including Harper’s Bazaar and Interview magazine. Her first solo exhibition Off Pointe – A Photographic Study of the Royal Ballet After Hours was shown at the Royal Opera House in 2004 before touring to Dimbola Lodge, Isle of Wight, and Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton. Other solo exhibitions of her work have been held at OXO Tower, London, Goss Michael Foundation, Texas; and Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire; while British Style Observed was exhibited as part of 30 days of Fashion at the Natural History Museum in 2008.

Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Royal College of Art, London, The Waterfront, New York and Plymouth Arts Studio. McCartney completed a special commission for the exhibition Gay Icons in 2009 and these works, including portraits of Ian McKellen and Sandi Toksvig, are now part of the collection at the National Portrait Gallery.

Mary McCartney: From Where I Stand is published by Thames & Hudson and includes texts by Mary McCartney, Simon Aboud, Peter Blake, Chrissie Hynde and Paul McCartney. The hardback book includes 250 photographs in colour and black and white.

Mary McCartney’s work will also be exhibited at Michael Hoppen Gallery, Chelsea from Oct. 22-Nov. 20, 2010.

The National Portrait Gallery is located at St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE. Opening hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am – 6pm (gallery closure commences at 5.50pm). Late Opening: Thursday, Friday: 10am – 9pm (gallery closure commences at 8.50pm). Nearest Underground: Leicester Square/Charing Cross. Recorded information: 020 7312 2463. General information: 020 7306 0055. Online:

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Helen Mirren by Mary McCartney, London 1998 Copyright Mary McCartney

Helen Mirren by Mary McCartney, London 1998 Copyright Mary McCartney