photographer :

Long before desperate website pimps with silly names such as Facehunter, The Sartorialist and all those street-style bloggers yapping their poorly-informed opinions online, there was an eighteen-year-old Irish writer and photographer, known by surname only: Hartnett.

Almost forty years since he began his unique career path in 1976, developing and printing his own work, Hartnett has been described as ‘the ultimate street and club-style photographer’.

Hartnett's photographic work has been internationally published in a wide range of books and publications, from i-D to Dazed & Confused, V-Man, Vision, XLR8R, Fused, The Observer Magazine, The Independent Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine, amongst others.

Forecasting work includes WGSN reports in six categories, with television broadcast ranging from MTV, VH1, RTL, BBC to Channel 4 and Discovery / TLC.

Hartnett took his first nightclub photograph of punk icon Soo Catwoman at Bang Disco, London, in October 1976. Ten years later, Hartnett closed Leigh Bowery’s Taboo with a candid disclosure made to You, Mail on Sunday, each word hammering a nail into the Bowery disco coffin.

Attuned to consumer mindsets, Hartnett's extensive body of work has a sharp focus upon the identification and assessment of trends and human behaviour.

Peter Paul Hartnett has been documenting street and club culture since the birth of PUNK back in 1976, establishing himself as a key chronicler of style, long before the emergence of bloggers.

Assisted by students of Photography from a range of leading colleges and universities, Hartnett has photographed subjects during Graduate Fashion Week and London Collections: Men this summer, active in and around Free Range (London, June), Rebellion Punk Festival (Blackpool, August) and then September’s London Fashion Week, before venturing off to Japan in October.

Fall 2016 will find Hartnett with a sharp focus upon youth culture when attending Tokyo Fashion Week, as well as stalking the hotspots of Shibuya and Harajuku, building momentum towards a project based around Hallowe'n at the end of October, when a book of poetry will be published, date of birth, time of death.

"On one level, my photographic work appears concerned with street and club culture and emerging trends. Going deeper, beyond a lazy Google search, the heart of my work is social research. As both a writer and photographer, I graze across cultures and industry sectors, in search of individuals within heterophyllous groups that contain ethnically and socially diverse networks. My intention has been to track originators, innovators and early adopters of new approaches, from Fashion Week events to slumming and slamming within fuck clubs. Ever since 1976, I've specialised in social trawling, with an eye upon different style tribes within youth culture and 'alt' scenes. Since the age of eighteen, I've detected and tracked changes in the way consumers dress-up, mess-up. I document the 'braile', the bumps that protrude within street and clubland style-fixated landscapes. I observe and document what makes people tick, sick, then serve that up for consumption."

collections :

The Hartnett Vintage Collection

1850 > 1950

Reflects an interest in street-style and studio portraiture, as well as alternative photographic processes, such as the tintype. This collection flows neatly into a contemporary collection of mid-twentieth century and more recent street and club-style photographers.

The Hartnett Contemporary Collection

1950 > NOW

Contains a wide range of signed, limited edition, silver gelatin prints by photographers Ray Stevenson, Gavin Watson, Caroline Coon, Derek Ridgers, Janette Beckman, Ted Polhemus, Erica Echenberg, Herbie Yamaguchi, Sheila Rock, Molly Macindoe, Lee Black Childers, Graham Smith, Iain McKell, Ashley Savage, Colin Jones, Barry Plummer, David Corio, Syd Shelton, Dave Swindells, Peter Anderson, Pascal Heeren and Mark Charnock, amongst others.

sales :

The Hartnett Archive

street-style, club-style

1976 > NOW

Print sales range from 1,250 - 2,750 pounds

Print sales are handled by Kerry Moran

Signed, editioned, traditional Fine Art silver gelatin prints are available, subject to suitable request in writing and availability.

These darkroom-generated, double-weighted, fibre-based prints have no aspect of digital technology involved within the procedure of production at any stage.

Similarly, a selection of signed, editioned, traditional Fine Art prints from colour negatives are available, subject to suitable request and availability. Again, the colour neg images have no aspect of digital technology involved within the procedure of production at any stage.

A small selection of signed, editioned Fine Art prints are available from digital files, produced on German etching paper. Available subject to suitable request and availability.

Traditional Fine Art printers employed for production of silver gelatin prints include Bob Wiskin at Grade One Photographic, Debbie Sears at Three Trays and Peter Guest at Image.

Traditional colour neg and Fine Art digital printers include Gary Helps at ISIS, Bryan O’Leary and Chris Ashman at Artful Dodgers. Spotting and retouching by Kevin O’Neill, based at ISIS. All are based in London.

shows & print sales :

Print sales range from 1,250 - 2,750 pounds

Print sales are handled by Kerry Moran

2018 May

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, London

By appointment only

2017 September

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, London

By appointment only

2017 June

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, Haworth

By appointment only

2016 December

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, Leeds

By appointment only

2016 October

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, Tokyo

By appointment only

2016 September

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, Manchester

By appointment only

2016 June

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, Haworth

By appointment only

2015 Dec - Feb 2016

Lost In Music

Group show, curated by PYMCA

Printspace Gallery Shoreditch, London

2015 June - September

One Nation Under A Groove

Group show, curated by PYMCA

Southbank Centre, London

2015 December

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Gdansk

By appointment only

2015 November

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Reykjavik

By appointment only

2015 October

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Helsinki

By appointment only

2015 September

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Oslo

By appointment only

2015 August

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Zurich

By appointment only

2015 July

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Moscow

By appointment only

2015 June

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, St. Petersburg

By appointment only

2015 May

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Copenhagen

By appointment only

2015 April

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Berlin

By appointment only

2015 March

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Den Haag

By appointment only

2015 February

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Tel Aviv

By appointment only

2015 January

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Istanbul

By appointment only

2014 December

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Rome

By appointment only

2014 November

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Tokyo

By appointment only

2014 October

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Antwerp

By appointment only

2014 September

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Paris

By appointment only

2014 August

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Ottawa

By appointment only

2014 July

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, NYC

By appointment only

2014 June

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Beijing

By appointment only

2014 May

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Shanghai

By appointment only

2014 April

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Auckland

By appointment only

2014 March

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Canberra

By appointment only

2014 February

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, New Delhi

By appointment only

2014 January

The Hartnett Archive

Solo show, Brasilia

By appointment only

2014

Wall - Wall

Oi Oi The Shop

Camden, London

2013

From Club to Catwalk

Group show

V & A Museum

South Kensington, London

2013

Stick the boot in

Solo show

British Boot Company

Camden, London

2013

Skinternational

Solo show

The Town Club

Isle of Wight, UK

2013

You’re goin’ home in a
fuckin’ ambulance

Solo show

Talbot Social Club

Blackpool, UK

2013

Don’t give me that shit

Solo show

The Victory

Blackpool, UK

2013

What you lookin’ at?

Solo show

West Coast Bar

Margate, UK

2012

Yeah mate

Solo show

West Coast Bar

Margate, UK

2011

Oi! Yeah you!

Solo show

British Boot Company

Camden, London

2011

Youth Club

Group show

Youth Club Gallery

Carnaby Street, London

2010

Streetstyle

Group show

The Book Club

Bethnal Green, London

2010

Noughtie Nightlife

Group show

Rich Mix

Bethnal Green, London

2009

Unordinary People

Group show

Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, London

2008

Fashion v Sport

Group show

V & A Museum

South Kensington, London

2008

All That Glitters

Solo show

Sosho, London

2008

Hartnett ‘76 > NOW

Solo show

Vibe

Bethnal Green, London

2007

Show Offs

Group show

Curated by Charles Williams

Another Late Night

Microzine, Liverpool

2007

Hair

Group show

PYMCA Gallery

Clerkenwell, London

2007

This Was England

Group show

National Film Institute

Southbank, London

2007

Fear of a Young Planet

Group show

Kong Gallery, Shanghai

2006

Into The Camera

Solo show

Colne, UK

By appointment only

2005

Faces

Group show

PYMCA Gallery

Clerkenwell, London

2004

A Day In The Life
Of The City

Group show

Urbis, Manchester, UK

2004

Butterflies & Moths, Mounted

Solo show

LGF, Manchester, UK

2003

Bohemia

Talk and slide show on Bohemia / Street-style with Michael Bracewell, Philip Hoare

Tate Britain, London

2002

The Legend of Leigh Bowery

Symposium on Leigh Bowery with Michael Bracewell, Matt Lucas and biographer Sue Tilley

Tate Britain, London

2001

Pride

Group show

ICA, London

2000

Midnight's Children

Solo show

Freedom, London

1999

So Dysfunctional

Solo show

Ego

Soho, London

1996

Shooting Up

Solo show

Levi's Gallery, London

1995

Tribute to Leigh Bowery

Group show

Curated by Tanya Bonakdar

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Chelsea, NYC

1995

Leigh Bowery Memorial

Group show

Curator: Johnnie Shand Kydd

The Fine Arts Society

New Bond Street, London

1990

The 80s…
Fat Sue & Other Jokes

Solo show

The Triangle

Clerkenwell, London

1989

Morgue

Solo show

The Triangle

Clerkenwell, London

1988

Dead Upon Arrival

Solo show

The Triangle

Clerkenwell, London

1987

Disco Sodom

Solo show

The Triangle

Clerkenwell, London

1986

The Taboo Polaroids

Solo show

The Triangle

Clerkenwell, London

1985

Trojan v Leigh

Solo show

Old Compton Street

Soho, London

1984

Messed-Up

Solo show

Tyler’s Court

Soho, London

1983

£1 PUNKS

Solo show

King’s Road, London

1982

Cartoon Couture

Solo show

Azabu Juban, Tokyo

1981

Simasen…

Solo show

Azabu Juban, Tokyo

1980

Suddenly There

Solo show

Tyler’s Court

Soho, London

1979

Smell This

Solo show

Strawberry Hill

Twickenham, UK

1978

The Photocopies

Solo show

Tyler’s Court

Soho, London

1977

Processed by Boots

Solo show

Tyler’s Court

Soho, London

1976

Kodak Instamatic

Solo show

Bedroom

Ealing, London

1968

Trapped In Shallow Puddles

Solo show

St Benedict’s School

Ealing, London

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