McCartney’s photographic work has focused on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally charged intimacy that offers us a new insight about the subject. Her work has concentrated on the world of portrait and candid reportage photography. She responds to her wide variety of subjects as spontaneously as they are studied, thanks to her distinctive style and talent for encapsulating the inspirations, vulnerability, histories and personalities of her subjects.
McCartney’s exhibitions and publications include Off Pointe – A Photographic Study of The Royal Ballet After Hours, with a selection of works are available to view as part of the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2018), British Style Observed at the National History Museum, London (2008); and From Where I Stand at the National Portrait Gallery and Michael Hoppen Gallery, London (2010). The two-volume book Monochrome Colour was published by GOST in 2014, with a concurrent exhibition at 3 Grafton Street, London, curated by de Pury de Pury.
In 2015 McCartney’s Mother Daughter exhibition was first shown at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC, later the same year McCartney was chosen to take the official photograph of Her Majesty the Queen, to mark the occasion of her becoming the longest reigning Monarch in history (2015).
Continuing her study of the unseen, McCartney captures a behind the scenes study of Mark Rylance as Olivia in the play Twelfth Night and his ensemble cast pre-, during and post-performance. The book titled Twelfth Night 15.12.13 was published in 2016.
2018 saw the publication of The White Horse with Rizzoli International USA, a collection of intimate pictures that convey the profound connection that binds people to these majestic animals. The White Horse exhibition premiered at the esteemed Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (2018) and since a selection of works have been acquired as part of the HERMES collection of contemporary photography.
McCartney’s latest body of work is titled Paris Nude and is a collection of never-before-seen nude photographs, published by HENI (2019).