Mary McCartney, the eldest offspring of Paul and Linda, sister to Stella, has established artistic fame in her own right as a fashion and portrait photographer over the past 20 years. Her work has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler, Interview Magazine and Vogue and a selection of her images are featured in London’s National Portrait Gallery Collection. And now her work is coming to Toronto.
Izzy Gallery, focusing on contemporary Canadian and international photography, has brought McCartney’s work to Canada for the first time with an exhibit titled “Developing.” “Mary’s work represents a free and natural style of photography. Canadians will get an exclusive opportunity to experience some of her most exciting works for the first time in a large-scale format,” says gallerist Izzy Sulejmani. “Our goal has always been to share the pinnacle of both global and international photographic talent with Canadians, and her exhibition will be sure to hit the mark on all levels.”
Creating a show of this size and with a photographer as in demand as McCartney takes time. Sulejmani began working on the exhibit in September 2012, when McCartney’s assistant flew to Toronto to help. The first images that caught his eye were One, 2004 and Giles 11, 2010, pictured below. Once he had a sense of the direction of the exhibit, Sulejmani began curating from McCartney’s work, selecting images that showcased her natural style and insider’s fashion eye.
The photos are intimate and sometimes surreal. A ghostly Kate Moss walks the Chloe runway in Fashion Show One. A “paparazzi-shy” Stella avoids being seen in Let Me One. Fashion and photography fans and art collectors alike have been in and out of the gallery since the opening last week. Grab your chance to see this exclusive exhibit, running until June 14 at Izzy Gallery, 106 Yorkville Avenue.