Isabel MacCarthy
Photographer

Isabel MacCarthy is a freelance photographer based in London. Growing up on the north Norfolk coast taught her to appreciate the immense power of light and natural surroundings. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2021 with first-class honors having studied fashion communication. She continues to work on the borders of fashion, art, and documentary photography.

She is curious about people, the beauty of life, the gamut of emotions, feelings, and personalities we hold and withhold. Her work stems from coming to terms with one’s female existence, focusing on the hidden feelings and intimate moments that are often hard to explain with words.

Through daily observation, she investigates the essence of people today, analyzing humans living in a world that is developing at a rate far out of our control. Nature is deteriorating, and so are the minds of people. Manipulated by technology, people get sucked into a vortex of paranoia, anxiety, self-obsession, and warped perceptions of how to be. She aims to capture the beauty of simplicity in our ever-changing world and to recognize beauty in loss and decay.

Since graduating she has participated in group exhibitions and had work featured on AnOther Magazine and The Guardian.

Isabel MacCarthy
Photographer

Isabel MacCarthy is a freelance photographer based in London. Growing up on the north Norfolk coast taught her to appreciate the immense power of light and natural surroundings. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2021 with first-class honors having studied fashion communication. She continues to work on the borders of fashion, art, and documentary photography.

She is curious about people, the beauty of life, the gamut of emotions, feelings, and personalities we hold and withhold. Her work stems from coming to terms with one’s female existence, focusing on the hidden feelings and intimate moments that are often hard to explain with words.

Through daily observation, she investigates the essence of people today, analyzing humans living in a world that is developing at a rate far out of our control. Nature is deteriorating, and so are the minds of people. Manipulated by technology, people get sucked into a vortex of paranoia, anxiety, self-obsession, and warped perceptions of how to be. She aims to capture the beauty of simplicity in our ever-changing world and to recognize beauty in loss and decay.

Since graduating she has participated in group exhibitions and had work featured on AnOther Magazine and The Guardian.

  • Dorothy Sing Zhang: Like Someone Alive
    Publication
    Art Paper Editions / APE
    International
    Dorothy Sing Zhang unveils a compelling portrayal of humanity’s vulnerable state during sleep. The scene is set in the bedrooms of others. One is asked to be asleep, a squeeze cable release is placed under the pillow. The chance of one’s unconscious body rolling over and triggering the camera results in an exposure. Like Someone Alive expands these boundaries by withdrawing the traditional relationships between the photographer, the object and the camera. (more…)
  • Unhealed
    Mar 3 – Sep 15, 2024
    Moderna Museet
    Malmö, Sweden
    The international group exhibition Unhealed delves into the aftermath of the uprisings and revolutions, that swept through the Arab world starting in 2010. These events altered the lives of millions of people, many of whom as a consequence now live in Sweden. With this exhibition, Moderna Museet Malmö proudly presents seventeen artist who, in poignant and thought-provoking ways, have addressed this still unfolding chapter in history. (more…)
  • Tongues of Fire
    Feb 22 – May 5, 2024
    Kunsthall Trondheim
    Trondheim, Norway
    In response to our home building’s former life as a fire station, and Trondheim’s history as a city shaped by blazes whose traces are still present in its design today, this group exhibition brings together artists who have been deeply touched and transformed through the challenges manifest in the burnt and burning. Hailing from diverse generations and backgrounds, these individuals converge to explore how flames have served as agents of change across time and space. (more…)
  • Leda Papaconstantinou: Time In My Hands. A Retrospective
    Dec 14, 2023 – Apr 21, 2024
    EMST
    Athens, Greece
    Time in my hands represents the first ever major retrospective exhibition for Leda Papaconstantinou (b. 1945), one of the most important artists in the history of contemporary art in Greece. For over almost five decades, Papaconstantinou developed a diverse body of work that took on a range of forms – performance, sculpture, video, site-specific installations, painting, etc. – in order to explore issues of gender, sexuality, collective and personal memory, history, politics and ecology, centred always on the body. (more…)