Photograph of the Month - October 2010
Past display archive
1 October 2010
by Mary McCartney
McCartney began her professional photographic career in 1995, having previously assisted her mother Linda McCartney (1941–88). Her first solo exhibition Off-Pointe - A Photographic Study of the Royal Ballet After Hours was first shown at the Royal Opera House in 2004. Further exhibitions include Playing Dress Up (2007) at the Goss-Michael Foundation, Texas and British Style Observed (2008) at the Natural History Museum. In 2009 McCartney was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to take portrait studies of the nine selectors for the exhibition Gay Icons, including Jackie Kay, Alan Hollinghurst, Sir Ian McKellen and Sandi Toksvig.
The display of this recently acquired self-portrait coincides with the publication of Mary McCartney’s first book From Where I Stand, and the accompanying display in the Bookshop Gallery (Room 44, 4 October 2010 – 13 February 2011).
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Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.