Introducing October’s Guest Editor: Mary McCartney

A special issue from the photographer with a profound commitment to the environment and animal welfare

Published 29 Sep 2018, 13:30 BST, Updated 5 Nov 2020, 06:04 GMT
Photographer Mary McCartney says her parents, Paul and Linda, taught her to love animals and respect ...
Photographer Mary McCartney says her parents, Paul and Linda, taught her to love animals and respect the world around her.

Spellbinding photography has been at the heart of National Geographic’s DNA since the very first issue back in 1888. Arresting images have documented the people, the wildlife and the natural world in every corner of this planet and beyond.

The magazine’s portraits have captured the pioneers and everyday people in the most ordinary and extraordinary environments. Its photo assignments have told the stories of countless struggles and success stories, celebrating the exceptional range and wonder of life.

So it’s a thrill to introduce Mary McCartney, one of the world’s most revered and respected photographers, as guest editor of this special issue.

Alejandro, photographed in the countryside of Sussex, England, is Mary McCartney’s own beloved white stallion.

McCartney brings a uniquely distinctive style to both portraits and candid reportage photography.

It’s a talent that she uses to highlight issues about which she feels passionately, such as animal welfare and threats to wild landscapes.

“Although we can’t predict the future, one thing is certain,” writes McCartney. “If we ignore these issues, they won’t go away. They’re real, and they’re happening around us right now. We need to photograph them, talk about them, write about them, and find a solution for them together.”

In this issue, McCartney sets out to capture the resilience of hardy wild ponies in the Welsh Carneddau mountains, and chats to her friend, rock star Chrissie Hynde, about cows and caring for the land.

The October issue of National Geographic is on sale from 3 October in all good newsagents and supermarkets.

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