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LONDON   A private viewing of Mary McCartney’s exhibition at London’s Michael Hoppen gallery Thursday night was quite the family affair.

The photographer was joined by her designing sister Stella, musician father Sir Paul, with his girlfriend Nancy Shevell, and her brother James at a packed launch party. “I just bought that one,” said Shevell, pointing to a shadowy image of Kate Moss. “Kate Moss — every girl’s idol,” she mused.


As guests — who also included Ringo Starr, Dinos and Tiphaine Chapman and Allegra Hicks — sipped lime and vodka cocktails, they clamored to get a look at McCartney’s images.

Images on show run the gamut: a shot of one of Stella McCartney’s shows for Chloe; singer Morrissey performing; or artist Tracey Emin dressed as Frida Kahlo.

“I’ve been taking photographs 15 years and I’d accumulated so many that I loved — it was quite difficult going through the archive and editing it down,” Mary McCartney confessed as she signed copies of the exhibition catalog. “[But] I think I’ve kept the same criteria throughout: trying to take intimate, relaxed pictures.”

The exhibition, called “From Where I Stand,” runs through Nov. 20.

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