Mary Anna McCartney (born 28 August 1969, previously McCartney-Donald) is a photographer from England. She is the first biological child of Paul McCartney of the Beatles and photographer Linda Eastman McCartney (the first one of Paul and the second one of Linda).
On 28 August 1969, Mary was born in London, and named after her paternal grandmother Mary McCartney. She is the first biological child of Paul McCartney of the Beatles and photographer Linda Eastman McCartney (the first one of Paul and the second one of Linda).
Mary has an older half-sister named Heather McCartney who was born Heather Louise See on 31 December 1962 to Linda and Joseph Melville See Jr., who was adopted by Sir Paul McCartney; a younger sister, Stella Nina McCartney who was born on 13 September 1971; and a younger brother, James Louis McCartney who was born on 12 September 1977. Mary's mother, Linda, died from breast cancer in 1998. Mary has a much younger half-sister, Beatrice Milly McCartney, born to her father and his second wife Heather Mills on 28 October 2003.
The most famous photograph of Mary McCartney was taken by her mother; it is a photograph of her as a baby, peeping out from inside her father's jacket. The photograph is featured on the back cover of her father's first solo album, "McCartney", (sometimes known as the "Cherries" album).
After the birth of sister Stella, McCartney's parents formed the classic rock group Wings, with whom she and her siblings travelled the world until 1980. She grew up to be a vegetarian and is passionate about animal rights like the rest of her family.
Following in the footsteps of her mother, Mary became a professional photographer. She was a photo editor for the music-book publisher Omnibus Press and in 1992 began taking photographs professionally, specializing in portrait and fashion photography. Because her paternal grandmother and her mother died of breast cancer, she began campaigning for breast cancer awareness in the United Kingdom. As a result, she became close friends with Cherie Blair, wife of former UK prime minister Tony Blair. This led to Mary being chosen to take the first official photo of the prime minister and his wife with their fourth child, Leo, born 20 May 2000. Before this, the most well-known photos of hers were the last photographs taken of her mother, three weeks before her death. McCartney has taken portraits of Sam Taylor-Wood, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and of her sister Stella McCartney, who is a fashion designer.
Her first public photography exhibition was titled Off Pointe: A Photographic Study of The Royal Ballet After Hours. It includes offstage pictures of members of "The Royal Ballet, London" as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe, and was meant to showcase the difference between their gruelling and often painful everyday lives and their storybook performances.
In 2001, Mary produced the television documentary "Wingspan", a story of her father's post-Beatles musical career, focusing on her parents' band Wings. She also interviews her father in the film. In 2005 she was employed by former Spice Girl, Melanie Chisholm, to be the official photographer for her album "Beautiful Intentions." Melanie then asked Mary to direct the video for her single, "Better Alone."
Mary now runs the picture department at her father's company, MPL Communications.
Mary has also written a vegetarian cookbook, simply titled "Food", which was published in 2012.
In 2012, Mary collaborated with Vertu - a luxury British-based mobile phone manufacturer - and Smile Train - a charity that provides cleft-palate operations for disadvantaged children around the world. Travelling to Beijing and Volgograd, Mary photographed four children who have benefited from the rehabilitative surgery provided by Smile Train and therefore been provided with the gift of communication, allowing them to integrate fully into society for the first time in their lives. The Constellation Smile project culminated in a photography exhibition in London on 12 June, followed by a global tour. A limited edition coffee table book has also been made, each signed by Mary, in order to raise money for the charity.