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Monochrome | Colour

Monochrome | Colour

by Mary McCartney

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Monochrome | Colour is a publication of two parts by photographer Mary McCartney. The publications collectively contain nearly 300 images taken between 1994 and 2014, a majority of which are previously unseen and unpublished.

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Mary McCartney's commercial and fashion work is familiar, but these two publications bring together, for the first time, McCartney's personal work as a cohesive body. Taken without the agenda of a creative brief, these photographs show the instinctive nature of McCartney's photography, a desire to record the life around her.

Some of the works were taken behind-the-scenes at shoots and projects for which McCartney is known - her time with the Royal Ballet and fashion shoots – but all in moments of unguarded reprieve. However, the bulk of the photographs in these publications are of people, places, and objects that captured McCartney's interest and inquisitiveness: debris on the street, a shaft of light on a seated woman, street scenes at dusk, wigs in a shop window, strangers on a boat. Occasionally blurred or over-exposed, these imperfections add veracity to this experimental visual scrapbook – compiled with no audience in mind, other than herself.

Published November 2014
Texts by Nick Laird, Nick Hornby, John Cooper Clarke and Greg David Roberts
Edition of 2000 copies
340 x 255 mm
Monochrome – 208 pages with 154 images
Colour – 240 pages with 191 images
Two hardback books with tipped in pictures, sold together in a hardback, silkscreen printed cloth covered slipcase
ISBN 978-1-910401-01-9

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  • Mary McCartney started her career as a photographer in 1995. Her assignments have led to her work appearing in publications such as Harper's Bazaar and Interview magazine, and advertising campaigns for clients such as Gossard, Stella McCartney, Adidas, Aga, and Mandarin Oriental. Mary was commissioned to take a series of portrait photographs for the Gallery's 'Gay Icons' exhibition in 2008 and had a solo exhibition 'From Where I Stand' at the National Portrait Gallery, London from October 2010 to May 2011.