The McCartney Family, exhibited

  2. Mary, Stella, and Paul in Arizona, 1988, by Linda McCartney. The work of mother and daughter is on show at the Gagosian Gallery in New York until December 19 2015.

a new exhibition looks at the incredible emotional bond and creative conversation between mother and daughter: shown together for the first time, the photographs of the late linda Mccartney and her daughter mary, prove to be a compelling partnership

It must have been an emotional yet illuminating experience for photographer Mary McCartney to study, review and curate both her own image archives and those belonging to her late mother, Linda. The process has led to an exhibition of the pair's work, with personal portraits of family along with celebrities, unguarded – from Jimi Hendrix right through to Rihanna. But it is the photographers' take on everyday life that is the most fascinating: both Linda and Mary show a canny knack for capturing fleeting moments of intimacy; their aesthetics are wonderfully similar. So much so, the gallery chose not to name the works or distinguish between the two, instead the installation highlights mother and daughter's vision as one. 

An artist in her own right, the work of Linda McCartney often featured candid moments of her family and the music world. Above left, Cherries. Antigua, 1970; and right, Paul with Rose, Marrakesh, 1972.

James, Paul, and Stella. Southern France, 1978. By Linda McCartney. 

Mum’s Side of the Bed, Sussex, 1998. By â€‹Mary McCartney.

The Artists As Muse: above, Linda in shadow taken in 1991, is echoed by Mary’s own self-portrait from 2005, pictured below.

The exhibition, Linda McCartney and Mary McCartney: Mother Daughter, runs from November 20 to December 19 2015, at the Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Avenue in New York. Gallery hours: Tue – Sat, 10am to 6pm. Tel: + 1 212 744 2313 or look up