For the ZEISS Art Calendar 2014, Mary McCartney has captured fascinating images of New York. With her unique, expressive imagery, the famous photographer accompanies a couple who experience some very special moments together. In Manhattan they wallow in the magic of the city: they combine their own personal world with the charm of special sites and locations in the Big Apple. The protagonists are Hollywood stars Alec Baldwin and Gemma Arterton.
The striking photographs by Mary McCartney – all taken with state-of-the-art ZEISS lenses – enchant the viewer with their astounding clarity and discrete intensity.
In scenes that reveal an astute eye for the special mood and atmosphere of the location, Mary McCartney shows how the couple merge with the spirit imbuing the sites of New York. They are captivated by the spell of the Metropolitan Museum and enraptured by the mind-blowing view from the dizzy heights of the Empire State Building.
The ZEISS calendar is devoted to our bond with and commitment to our customers. It was for them that the artist has created this work or art, and it is they, and only they, who will receive the limited edition of the calendar. It underscores how highly we value our customers and catches those precious moments that result when they create new solutions when using our products, gain new knowledge in their specialist areas, or trigger joy and relief when they achieve successful treatment outcomes for their patients.
Since 1995, Mary McCartney´s photographic work has focused on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally-charged intimacy that offers us a new insight to the subject.
McCartney´s work has concentrated on the world of portrait and candid reportage photography and is suffused with a deep personal investment that captures the creative chemistry between Mary and her subjects.
McCartney´s responses to her wide variety of subjects are as spontaneous as they are studied, as shown by her first solo exhibition „Off Pointe – A Photographic Study of The Royal Ballet After Hours“ in October 2004. A series of powerful images that reveals the chaos of life behind the scenes of the elite Corps de Ballet and the contrast between the sometimes gruelling, painful lifestyle of the dancers and their captivating performances.
In „Playing Dress Up“ (Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas 2007), McCartney chronicled the rarefied and at times, both monotonous and madcap, world of high fashion, both on the catwalk and backstage with an unreserved collection of images.
McCartney´s talent for encapsulating the inspirations, histories and personalities of her subjects, such as Tracey Emin dressed as Frida Kahlo, is most evident in her recent exhibition „Developing“ (The Lowry, Manchester, 2013). Showcasing her distinctive style in portraying visually vulnerable, off-guard portraits that seem unlikely without McCartney´s affinity with her subject.
McCartney also has a number of photographs in several group commissions that were exhibited internationally including the National Portrait Gallery, London (Gay Icons, 2009) and The Waterfront, New York City (Strength and Beauty Embodied by Avant-Garde Women, 2007).
Born in 1969, in London, Mary McCartney´s assignments have led to her work appearing in editorial titles such as Harper´s Bazaar and Interview Magazine as well as high impact advertising campaigns for clients such as Vertu, Aga, Asus, Galaxy, Adidas and Mandarin Oriental.
Gemma Christina Arterton (born in Kent, UK in 1986) is a British actress. She laid the foundation for her career by training at the renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she completed her studies in 2007.
She scored her first success by playing a role in Shakespeare's turbulent comedy Love's Labour's Lost in London's theatreland. She rose to fame as Bond girl Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace (2008) and through her roles in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (both 2010). She recently starred in the US fantasy adventure movie Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters in 2012.
Alec Baldwin (born on Long Island, New York in 1958) is a TV, stage and movie actor and writes regular articles for the Huffington Post. He studied political science before deciding to train at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.
Since his debut in Forever, Lulu (1987), he achieved international stardom by playing the leading role in The Hunt for Red October. Since then, he has appeared in around 50 movies, including Notting Hill, Pearl Harbor, The Aviator and Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen, due for release in the fall of 2013. Baldwin has also starred in numerous TV series and has received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame for his accomplishments in this medium.