Peter Paul Hartnett
Photographer - Writer
1976 > NOW
Irish photographer and writer Peter Paul Hartnett took his first nightclub photograph of punk icon Soo Catwoman at Bang Disco, London, in October 1976 and continues to document London’s diverse street and club culture to the present day.
Hartnett’s eye is inspired by ‘...those who are fiercely driven and those who transform the cultural landscape, often taking unexpected, defiant forms. From Leigh Bowery's muse and greatest work of art, Trojan, to designer MattyBovan, 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.'
King Adz, Joe Corré's The Daily Terror, says of Hartnett’s work:
‘Peter Paul Hartnett has been documenting the extremes of youth culture, with a sharp focus upon menswear, since his first club snap back in 1976.
Despite having worked within the constraints of a street and club situation since the late 70s, Hartnett's thousands of unique images are razor -sharp, composed almost clinically. He has always made it a priority to get in close to a subject, documenting the essential details with care.
From London's New Romantics, Goths and Fashion Week fashionistas to Tokyo's Harajuku Kids, New York's electroclash scene and the indie rock scene exploding Paris, Hartnett's impressive archive of photographic work is characterised by a poetic appreciation of imperfection, personality and eccentricity.’
Hartnett's photographic work has been internationally published in a wide range of books produced by Laurence King, Harper Collins plus Thames & Hudson, amongst others.
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, dazeddigitial.com, hungertv.com, V-Man, Interview, XLR8R, Q, Uncut, NME, GQ, 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 many others.
Hartnett’s innate understanding of subcultures has led to fashion forecasting and mentoring, including WGSN reports in six categories over a number of years, with television broadcast ranging from MTV, VH1, RTL and BBC to Channel 4, Euronews and Discovery / TLC, as part of the panel within seven internationally-broadcast episodes of Ultimate Shopper.
Hartnett’s extensive street style archive is held at www.photoshot.com.
An edit of Hartnett’s Polaroid collection can be viewed here.
Unravel Productions represents Hartnett’s archive on a special project basis only.