Mr Hartnett Images & Features
Paul Hartnett is an established street and club photographer, journalist and teacher. His photography and writing have been published on an international basis and exhibited in London, New York and Shanghai.
Over the last three decades, Hartnett has painstakingly documented midnight's children and their club culture on a global basis, appearing in style publications such as i-D, Dazed & Confused, Vogue Hommes International, Tank, The Sunday Times Magazine, Independent Magazine, The Observer and China's Vision. He has recently given a number of talks upon street-style and Bohemia at London's Tate Britain and at Kong Gallery in Shanghai and produces trends reports for Worth Global Style Network (WGSN).
Hartnett took his first nightclub photograph of Soo Catwoman at Bang Disco in October 1976, using a Kodak Instamatic camera. Armed with a Nikon he bought at a flea market, he then began photographing fans of the Sex Pistols in Chelsea's King's Road and Portobello Market, then Steve Strange's New Romantics in and around London's Kensington Market and Covent Garden, linking with the likes of 'gender benders' Boy George and Marilyn, plus design icons such as Judy Blame, John Galliano and Leigh Bowery.
Hartnett's compulsion to document the extremes of youth culture has always revolved around the themes of consumption, decadence and conspicuous sexuality played out against an urban backdrop. "My main interest has always been in the extremes of bodily adornment, and the various expressive and compulsive needs such exhibitionism aims to serve."
Paul Hartnett regularly works with students of Fashion Design, Fashion Journalism and Fashion and Documentary Photography as a visiting lecturer and tutor. When not out and about photographing and teaching, Paul Hartnett lives alone in a converted brewery on a hill in Haworth, West Yorkshire, England.