Watch our video Framing the Mary McCartney Exhibition: Monochrome | Colour

John Jones provided the framing for the Mary McCartney exhibition: Monochrome | Colour, on show 21st November - 5th December 2014, at 3 Grafton Place, London. 

Watch our video, Framing and Installing the Mary McCartney Exhibition: Monochrome | Colour, including interviews with the Mary McCartney team, and their experience working with John Jones on framing the exhibition. 

John Jones Design Consultants chose to dry mount Mary McCartney’s photographic prints onto inert aluminium surfaces. Each print was then presented in minimalist frames produced from either welded aluminium angle or FSC regulated poplar wood and sprayed in a superior 5 coat black or white finish. The works were glazed with UV protective glass that has been laminated to reduce reflection. The selected glazing has many conservation benefits as it reduces colour fade and embrittlement whilst allowing for optimum viewing of the prints. Each frame was fitted with museum standard additions such as cushioned rebates and fillet padding tapes for added protection against long term degradation.

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Monochrome | Colour is the new publication of two parts by Mary McCartney published by GOST books. The publications collectively contain nearly 300 images taken between 1994 and 2014, a majority of which are previously unseen and unpublished, alongside exclusive and bespoke poetry and prose by Nick Hornby, David Gregory Roberts, Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Nick Laird.

The publication of Monochrome | Colour was accompanied by an exhibition curated by de Pury de Pury that will run from 21st November to 5th December at 3 Grafton Street, London. 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. Intentional blur, movement and varied exposure shows that McCartney's latest publication is a collection of images compiled with no audience in mind, other than herself. They add to the overall concept of the book, and a reflection in general that life is not always about perfection.

All exhibition images © Mary McCartney. Distributed in the UK by Cornerhouse and internationally by Idea Books. The Monochrome | Colour exhibition will be curated by de Pury de Pury and will run from November 21st to December 5th at 3 Grafton Street, London, W1S 4EE.


Framing the Mary McCartney Exhibition: Monochrome | Colour video is also available to view via our YouTube channel along with other Making of videos such as Framing the Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition at the V&A.