Hartley, Martin. (2 of 7). Oral History of British Photography.
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Hartley, Martin, 1968- (speaker, male)
Read, Shirley (speaker, female)
Part 2: Description of MH’s decision to leave Graphic Eye, some of the problems with working there and the difficulty of leaving, setting up a colour darkroom in St Johns Street with a colleague from GE. Their decision to go their separate ways, MH’s work between 1996 and 1999 combining studio and darkroom work, the change caused by digital which meant a move away from special effects and more ‘straight’ photography.[ 00.12.00] brief description of a job travelling round England and Scotland photographing mobile phone antennae and enjoying the work and landscape. Comments on taking portraits for business magazines, doing some food photography, some flowers. Comment on having a 5x4 and not shooting very much film. [00.16.33] Description of a big change in 1999 when Paul Deegan [PD] invited MH to join an expedition to the eastern Pamirs, an anecdote about meeting PD in 1993 when MH entered a writing competition and went along as the official Duke of Edinburgh’s Award photographer to the foot of Everest. Detailed description of the ‘most perfect adventure’, a whole mountain range, unclimbed ground, MH’s work documenting the expedition and taking a few product shots for the sponsors, his equipment and a sponsorship deal with Mamiya, taking passport photographs for nomads. 00.31.09 MH’s enjoyment of the beauty of the mountains and feeling he did them justice, being unstressed, comments about photographers being unappreciated until after the expedition is finished when using film, though the speed of digital transmission has changed this, absence of photographers from expeditions, lack of visual literacy and Scott and Shackleton’s recognition of this. [00.36.00] Comment about missing the current expedition to the South Pole and that well funded expeditions usually have a photographer nowadays. On having a media partner for the eastern Pamir trip, The Guardian, and blogging but without sending photographs, selling the pictures which were medium format transparency and having a full package to give the press.
Life story interview with photographer Martin Hartley, 1968-