photographer :

Documenting ever-evolving cycles of youth in transition, photographer and writer Peter Paul Hartnett has spent over four decades both on the fringes of society and within the diverse scrums of global subcultures.

'Street style photography differs greatly from fashion event snapping. True street style photographers do not suck up to editors, brands or PRs. I consider myself quite apart from the digital generation of cultural and critical observers.'

Long before the digi-based wave of self-appointed bloggers yapping their opinions online, Peter Paul Hartnett gained unfettered access to style hotspots, getting in close to contemporary transformers, intent upon capturing true originators rather than flattering fashionistas so intent on gaining product placement.

'On one level, my photographic work appears to be concerned with street and club culture, emerging trends. Going deeper, the heart of my work is social research into vibrant subcultures in which gender variance and full-on surfaced fetishism has become the norm.'

Hartnett is an established photographer and writer, revered for his ability to identify key details of fashion innovations that lead. He is recognised as having an acute awareness of what's new and next. His photographic archive and collections are unmatched in scope and detail.

'As both a photographer and writer, I graze across cultures and industry sectors, in search of distinctive individuals within heterophyllous groups that contain ethnically and socially diverse networks.'

'My intention has been to track originators, innovators and early adopters of directional style backed up by unique philosophies.'

Attuned to consumer mindsets, Peter Paul Hartnett's extensive body of work has a sharp focus upon the identification and assessment of trends and human behaviour. Hartnett has been documenting youth in transition since the birth of PUNK back in 1976, establishing himself as a key chronicler of style, long before the emergence of bloggers, who are so often virtue signalling in a relentless style bubble rather than having the ability to caption a photograph.

'Ever since 1976, I've specialised in social trawling, with an eye upon style tribes within youth culture and non-conforming 'alt' scenes. Since the age of eighteen, I've detected and tracked changes in the way brave souls both race and rage from the closet, motivated to express themselves. I document the 'braille', the bumps that protrude within an urban setting and clubland, style-fixated landscapes. My intention has always been to produce work of both a Social History and Fashion History significance.'

Over forty years since he began his unique career path in 1976, developing and printing his own work shot on film, Peter Paul Hartnett has been described as 'the ultimate street and club-style photographer'.

King Adz, co-author of Streetwear (Thames & Hudson, 2018) has described Hartnett as 'The Original. The first British street style photographer. He has this eye of spotting the real and leaving the fake.'

Peter Paul 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, about the illegal use of drugs within clubland, each word hammering a nail into the Bowery disco coffin.

'When heroin began to slam into London's clubland in a big way, particularly in and around the Steve Strange and Rusty Egan one nighters after the implosion of the Sex Pistols, I fled to Tokyo for a year, returning to the sight of Boy George with a 24" waist.'

What sets Hartnett apart from others who emerged in the late 70s and early 80s within street and club culture, is the fact that Hartnett was working and continues to work within the fashion industry on a range of levels, preferring to keep a relatively low profile.

Hartnett's photographic work has been internationally published in a wide range of books produced by Laurence King, Harper Collins plus Thames & Hudson. Editorial work has featured within publications such as i-D, Dazed & Confused, British Elle, British Vogue, Vogue (Paris), Vogue (Brasil), Vogue Daily, Vogue Hommes, Vision (China), Dansk, dazeddigital.com, hungertv.com, fashionunfiltered.com, V-Man, Interview, XLR8R, Q, GQ, NME, Esquire, The World of Interiors, Grazia, Têtu, Fused, Time Out (London), Metro, Huffington Post, PETRIe, Jocks & Nerds, The New York Times, The Observer Magazine, The Independent, The Independent Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, W Magazine and Welt amongst others.

Fashion forecasting work includes WGSN reports in six categories over a number of years, retaining all (c), with television broadcast ranging from MTV, VH1, RTL, BBC to Channel 4, Euronews and Discovery / TLC, part of the panel for seven episodes in Ultimate Shopper.

Assisted by students of Photography from a range of leading colleges and universities, Hartnett's recent 'harvesting' has revolved around international innovators during Tokyo's Amazon Fashion Week, London's Graduate Fashion Week, London Fashion Week Men's, Free Range (London), annual LGBT events.

'Having documented nightlife for so many years, I am a man who has slept years of daylight. I have always been drawn to those who are fiercely driven and those who transform the cultural landscape can often take unexpected, defiant forms. From Leigh Bowery's muse and greatest work of art, Trojan, to Matty Bovan, I'm interested in style that challenges, style with substance.'

'Within my photographic practice, I'm often drawn towards forms of attractiveness that strike as strange, unique, or deviant, representation which falls outside of the confined parameters of normative beauty.'

'Two of my favourite events to attend are London's Free Range exhibitions by graduates, where I style stalk Fine Art students, plus the Central Saint Martin's BA and MA shows, where I meet with graduates who talk me through their work.'

collections :

The Hartnett Vintage Collection

1870 - 1950

These found materials reflect an interest in Social History with a street-style and studio portraiture edge, 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 of the twenty first century.

'Such work needs to find a significant home.'

The Hartnett Contemporary Collection

1950 - NOW

My contemporary collection 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, Paul Vickery 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 are solely produced by Bryan O'Leary and Chris Ashman at Artful Dodgers, Hattona Garden. Spotting and retouching by Kevin O’Neill, based withn Artful Dodgers, London.

Peter Paul Hartnett's non-digital black and white portraits veer towards being ethereal, minimalist works, drawing upon the appreciation in imperfection and transience. The tight confinement of his carefully exposed, toned and hand-finished silver gelatin prints are important aspects as the subjects emerge from the delicate surfaces.

shows & print sales :

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

Print sales are handled by Kerry Moran

2020 September

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, London

By appointment only

2019 June

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, London

By appointment only

2018 September

The Hartnett Archive

Print sales, Haworth

By appointment only

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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