Mary McCartney: The familially-blessed, super-talented photographer hits Toronto with a new exhibition of her work

Mary McCartney Fashion Show One 1997

Mary McCartney Fashion Show One 1997

See Mary McCartney’s photographs »

There is something annoyingly intriguing about a family full of famously talented individuals. We’ve seen it with the Jacksons, the Kennedys, the Coppolas and on the other side of the pond, it’s the McCartneys.

As the daughter of legendary Beatle Paul McCartney, Mary McCartney has been surrounded by the who’s who of the entertainment world from a young age. When she decided to become a photographer in her 20s, her collection of noteworthy friends and acquaintances came in handy as she dove into the world of portraiture. However, it’s not simply the famed subjects of McCartney’s images that grab our attention, but the way in which she encourages them to appear relaxed, producing an intimate result. Many of these striking photos can be seen at McCartney’s new show entitled Developing. The show, adopting the format of a mid-career retrospective, opens May 9 in Yorkville’s trendy Izzy Gallery.

From the start of her career as a photographer in 1995, Mary McCartney has shot portraits for a number of influential figures including Joni Mitchell and Tony Blair. As an artist she’s inherited her mother Linda McCartney’s eye for photography and keen interest in people. McCartney’s first memorable photography exhibit titled Off Pointe focused on the behind-the-scenes world of the Royal Ballet. Another exhibit entitled “Playing Dress Up” showcased her fashion photography that has appeared in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar and Interview Magazine. McCartney has also worked on notable advertising campaigns for clients including her sister Stella McCartney and Adidas. In recent years her interests have turned to photographing radical women such as Vivienne Westwood and Beth Ditto.

Developing by Mary McCartney runs May 1-June 9, 2013 at Izzy Gallery in Toronto. For more information visit The Izzy Gallery’s website.