Born in 1986, Will Hartley grew up in the South West of England. In 2005 he went to Newport University in Wales to study documentary photography. Since graduating he won the ‘shots young photographer of the year 2008, ‘Ag Magazine Brilliant book awards 2010 and ‘Vice Kopperbarg Klash 2010 with his long term project ‘in between dreams’ which followed a group of squatters living in London. The work was exhibited in Candid Arts Trust in London with ‘off the real’ as part of a collective, and a print was selected for the Getty images gallery with the Ian Parry 2010.
He then moved to Bristol and began a long term story of a couple in and out of homelessness, called ‘Lawrence Hill’. Yasmina Reggad from photo festivals curated a projected slideshow called ‘Travelog’ with the project and took it to ‘Paraty em Foco’ in Brazil. The work has since been projected in London, Beirut and Zaragoza photo festival in Spain.
In 2011 he was awarded Honourable Mention in the Magenta Foundation, long-listed for the Terry O’Neil award and exhibited with the Third Floor Gallery in Arles. He now lives In Cardiff, working as a freelance photographer and on long term personal projects. He is also a member of the Dice Project.
2005 – 2008
University of Wales, Newport
BA (Hons) Documentary Photography
2003 – 2005
BTEC national diploma in Photography
Urban Nomads; Home is where the Section 6 is. (A Photographic Exhibition) Bristol.
Encounters, The Dice Project Solo Exhibition, in Conjunction with Photo Ireland, Madart gallery, Dublin
Third Floor Gallery Showcase: Will Hartley & Chiara Tocci
Pharmacie du Forum, Arles during the week of Rencontres.
Zaragoza Photo Festival in Spain.
Paraty em Foco, Brazil
So Show Me, London
Kopperberg Klash, London
Ian Parry Getty Images, London
'1001' Open Christmas, Bute Space, Cardiff
‘Off the Real’ Candid Arts Gallery, Angel, London
Newport Documentary Photography Degree Show, Wales
‘Exposed’ Bucks, UK
Honourable Mention - Magenta foundation Flash Forward 2011
Winner - Vice kopperbarg Klash 2010
Winner - Ag magazine Brilliant book awards 2010
Winner - Shots young photographers of the year 2008
Magenta foundation Flash forward 2011
Vice magazine October 2010
Ag magazine - July 2010
The cover of the Shots directory 2009
Shots magazine - December 2008