Bert Hardy’s Personal Vintage Collection: Sublime British Photojournalism

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.”

 

Bert Hardy, The Combined Fleets Ashore, Gibraltar, 1954

Bert Hardy, The Combined Fleets Ashore, Gibraltar, 1954

Bert Hardy, Pool of London 1949

Bert Hardy, Pool of London 1949

Bert Hardy, Piccadilly, 1953

Bert Hardy, Piccadilly, 1953

Bert Hardy, Piccadilly, 1953

Bert Hardy, Piccadilly, 1953

Bert Hardy, Sugar Ray Robinson, 1951

Bert Hardy, Sugar Ray Robinson, 1951

Bert Hardy, Life of an East End Parson, 1940

Bert Hardy, Life of an East End Parson, 1940

 

Is There a Colour Bar, Cable St, 1949

Is There a Colour Bar, Cable St, London, 1949

 Firefighters, London, 1941

Firefighters, London, 1941

Teacher and pupils 1956

Teacher and pupils 1956

Ken_Joy__London_Brighton_Record_Breaking_Cyclist__1949

Ken Joy breaks the London to Brighton cycling Record – 1949

Life of an East End, London, Parson - Nov 23rd, 1940

Life of an East End, London, Parson – Nov 23rd, 1940

Royal Wedding, King George VI with the bride, Princess Elizabeth, 1947

Royal Wedding, King George VI with the bride, Princess Elizabeth, 1947

Bert Hardy, Cockney Life at Elephant and Castle, January 9th 1949

Cockney Life at Elephant and Castle, London, January 9th 1949

Bert Hardy, The Pool of London, 1949

Bert Hardy, The Pool of London, 1949

The Gorbals, Glasgow, 1948

The Gorbals, Glasgow, 1948

Bert Hardy, The Gorbals, Glasgow, 1948

Bert Hardy, The Gorbals, Glasgow, 1948

Bert Hardy, Pool of London, 1949

Bert Hardy, Pool of London, 1949

Sunday Morning at the Champs-Élysées, 1951 (couple whispering)

Sunday Morning at the Champs-Élysées, 1951 (couple whispering)

Teenagers at the dance 1957

Teenagers at the dance 1957

Elephant & Castle, 1949, My Goodness Guinness

Elephant & Castle, 1949, My Goodness Guinness

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.