Bert Hardy, Robinson And Fans, 1951 / Courtesy of Bert Hardy/ Picture Post/ Hulton Archive/ Getty Images
Bert Hardy: Photojournalism in War and Peace
Feb 23 – Jun 2, 2024
The Photographers' Gallery
London, UK

London-born Bert Hardy (1913-1995, UK) was an influential English press and documentary photographer known for his work for Picture Post magazine. Born into a working-class family in Blackfriars, Hardy was self-taught and worked as both a combat photographer and an advertising photographer during his illustrious career.

As well as historic material from his work for Britain’s leading photo-magazine, Picture Post, this retrospective includes photographs during his time in the Army Film and Photographic Unit, including imagery from the Blitz in London to the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and war in Southeast Asia.

Hardy’s extensive social documentary work in mid-century Britain in cities including London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Belfast, Tyneside and Glasgow, his travels across postwar Europe and images from the many conflicts he reported on will be on show, alongside a rich selection of material from Hardy’s archive, complemented by some of his lesser known colour work.

The archive, now held by Cardiff University, includes press passes, correspondence, diaries and original publications, as well as camera equipment.

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