with Jimi Hendrix, 1968
Hartman began his
long-time journey into the world of celebrity photography in
1960 - when as a 10 year old baseball fan, he discovered ways
to meet his childhood heroes - major league baseball players
who visited his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout the
early-to-mid 1960s, he would regularly walk away with autographs
from legends such as Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Roberto Clemente.
Before long his collection included players from visiting NBA
teams as well.
with Roberto Clemente, 1970
occurred in the mid-1960s, the teen-aged Hartman took notice
and fell in love with rock & roll music. By the time of the
Psychedelic era of the late '60s, Hartman began to apply the
methods he had learned while locating his sports heroes to locating
and meeting his new heroes - visiting rock & roll stars.
Shortly thereafter, Hartman added politicians and NFL teams to
his growing collection of autographs.
with Muhammad Ali, 1979
way, Hartman decided
to bring his camera along on his autograph-seeking excursions.
Gradually, Hartman became more interested in the photography
end and was snapping photos of celebrities on a regular basis.
He went full force into photography in 1978 when he upgraded
his camera equipment to 35-millimeter. The last four decades
have seen Hartman photograph many of the 20th Century's biggest
names in the fields of music, sports, politics, and more, with
an emphasis on rock n' roll stars.
with Bruce Springsteen, 1980.
the years, Hartman
has combined live performance shots with his trademark candid
photos. He describes his style of photography as trying to tell
a story with each photo. His
style consists of trying to combine the subject's image with
other elements of interest, such as activity, objects, clothing,
landmarks, and other people, which he believes makes for a more
interesting and enjoyable image than a simple close-up.
fall of 1998, Hartman
published his first book of celebrity photos, entitled, "Guess
Who's Coming To Cincinnati," which is a fixture at local
bookstores. The book is also available online. In addition to
promoting and distributing his book, Hartman has seen a busy
1999. He has begun arranging photo exhibitions of his work, and
recently started Famous Faces Photo Agency, through which he
supplies copies of his photos to book and magazine publishers
as well as film production companies. In addition, Hartman has
established a web site through which he will offer signed and
numbered limited edition photos.