Bert Hardy 1913-1995

Bert Hardy (1913-1995) is most famous as Picture Post's chief photographer in the 1940s and 1950s. Bonr in London, he started work as a laboratory assistant in a photographic agency, working freelance as a photographer.

Born to a working class London family, photojournalist Bert Hardy was gifted with a sincere interest in people coupled with an ability to win the trust of those that he photographed. Hired as a staff photographer for the Picture Post, Hardy used his Leica to capture the slums of London and Glasgow, the Second World War and Korea.

Hardy travelled widely, capturing the leading events and personalities of the day, as well as gaining acclaim for his pictures of deprived areas of Britain, including an award-winning series of photographs of life in London's Elephant and Castle.

Bert Hardy died in 1995 and will be remembered as one of the classic photojournalists of the Twentieth Century. Even in the direst of situations, the endurance of the human spirit shines though in Hardy's images. He deserves consideration alongside contemporaries such as the great masters of Magnum, including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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