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Bert Hardy (1913-1995) Gallery

Step back in time with images from celebrated photographer Bert Hardy, known for his work published in the Picture Post magazine between 1941 and 1957.

Born in London, Bert worked his way up from a lab assistant to a photographer rising to prominence through his distinctive photo journalistic style. He had a great talent for getting on with the people he had to photograph and his images of life in England during and after World War II are among the great documents of the twentieth century and classics of British photojournalism. There’s no doubt he was gifted war photographer, however his peacetime images of people going about their daily business are more characteristic of his work. 

After Picture Post folded in 1957 Bert went on to be a successful advertising photographer, often using ordinary people as models.

“The ideal picture tells something of the essence of life”  wrote Hardy. 

Choose from 74 pictures in our Bert Hardy (1913-1995) collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping.

A man walking through a backstreet of the Gorbals area of Glasgow Featured Bert Hardy (1913-1995) Image

A man walking through a backstreet of the Gorbals area of Glasgow

31st January 1948: A man walking through a backstreet in the run-down Gorbals area of Glasgow. The Gorbals tenements were built quickly and cheaply in the 1840s, providing housing for Glasgow's burgeoning population of industrial workers. Conditions were appalling; overcrowding was standard and sewage and water facilities inadequate. The tenements housed about 40, 000 people with up to eight family members sharing a single room, 30 residents sharing a toilet and 40 sharing a tap. By the time this photograph was taken 850 tenements had been demolished since 1920. Redevelopment of the area began in the late 1950s and the tenements were replaced with a modern tower block complex in the sixties. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4499 - The Forgotten Gorbals - pub. 1948 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Goodwin Sands Featured Bert Hardy (1913-1995) Image

Goodwin Sands

1st May 1948: As the tide begins to flood, the water rises through the sands, rendering it treacherous with all the firmness of molten wax. In the distance the Walmer lifeboat patrols the area in anticipation of the regular emergencies that these treacherous waters so often bring. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4534 - The Treachery Of The Goodwin Sands - pub.1948 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Toy Fieldsmen Featured Bert Hardy (1913-1995) Image

Toy Fieldsmen

10th July 1948: Miniature fieldsmen are equipped with a rounded slot to enable them to catch the ball, in the new game of table-top cricket. This indoor game simulates almost every aspect of a real cricket match on a square of rubberised canvas. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4578 - Table Top Cricket - pub. 1948 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images)