While studying manufacturing engineering and economics at university in England, Mike Hartley discovered he was a creative trapped in an engineer’s body. An MA in Applied Social Research and four (4) years of HIV Education practice later, the internet was invented: a space that allowed him to thrive as both a creative and an engineer in me to thrive. Since then he has been running bigflannel in New York City.
He was the Creative Director and a Partner at ZOOZOOM, a multiple Fashion Webby award winner, and he currently helps out at aCurator, a website he designed and built. He has a B.Eng Joint Honors, Manufacturing Engineering and Economics and an MA in Applied Social Research.
Hartley has been making photography websites since 2000. He has worked with a wide range of photographers from Karsh to advertising photographers like Mark Katzman, from social commentators like Jim Mortram to editorial shooters like Eric Ogden. He has collected a bunch of photography competition awards along the way (PDN [Digital Imaging 2002, Digital Imaging 2003, Digital Imaging 2003, Photo Annual 2005, Photo Annual 2011], Alt Pick [Annual 2003, Annual 2004], American Photo Magazine Cover [05/06]).
He’s honest, blunt, knowledgeable and personable. He sell products and services to photographers, but is no means every photographer’s solution.