Bert Hardy (19 May 1913 – 3 July 1995), born in London, worked his way up from a 14-year-old lab assistant to a chemist to become a photographer and one of the 20th Century’s most revered photojournalists.
His talent found a home as a staff photographer on Picture Post, joining the illustrated magazine during the Second World War. He travelled with the armed forces – his images of the Blitz on London are amongst the finest and closest to the action taken.
Below are pictures from Hardy’s private collection. “Stored for decades at his home, these rare black and white photos were kept as keepsakes from his legendary career and are now on display for the very first time.”
For more on Hardy, read David Joseph Marcou’s biography here.
Read more about the exhibition of Hardy’s Personal Vintage Collection at The Photographers’ Gallery.