- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: GOST Books; Slp edition (March 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910401013
- ISBN-13: 978-1910401019
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 14 inches
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Inside, we see Kate Moss, Morrissey and the photographer’s own mother Linda McCartney (who famously worked as a photographer herself). But, McCartney stresses, these photos make up only a relatively small part of the work. And, in fact, are not essential to it.
“I didn’t put photos in for it to be a celebrity or non-celebrity,” McCartney tells TIME. “I am interested in shooting all different types of people. I find a lot of people inspirational. I’m interested in people, in their stories.”
Indeed, her work seems at its most refined when her lens shows us relaxed, candid moments before a drag show starts, a play begins or a fashion show kicks off.
“I’m interested in that kind of training and the grueling schedule and all that practice that goes on for a fashion show or for a theater production,” she says. “I have always been attracted to that, wondering who those people are, what do they do and how did they get there in their life.”
And how to capture this? For McCartney, building trust is the only way.
“I don’t turn up and invade their space,” she says. “In that way I tend, luckily, to have been able to get trusting, personal images. [Images] of them as themselves rather than of them performing and pretending to be something in front of the camera.
In its own way, “Monochrome & Colour” strips away the artifice of glamour as it captures the mundane moments of beautiful people: a performer warming up on the trapeze for a burlesque show, a model showing off her new tattoo before a fashion show and a ballerina stopping at an ATM on her way home from a performance.
When she photographs well-known people, such as Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, and her father, Ms. McCartney tries to capture moments when her subjects’ real personalities transcend their famous faces. For instance, when she took portraits of Lou Reed in 2001, she could sense his discomfort with being photographed. As he sat cross-armed, Ms. McCartney instructed him to keep his eyes closed until she cued him to open them on the count of three.
“It was literally the funniest thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “I was like: ‘Oh, my God, I feel so bad. He hates this so much.” She said she also recently photographed another music icon, Eric Clapton.
“She has great access, there is no getting away from that she finds herself in extraordinary places,” said Michael Hoppen, a gallery owner in London who shows Ms. McCartney’s work. “But Mary will find a situation that is very normal, and find something very beautiful. She’s very natural, and she’s interested in other people.”
New York Times
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