Bert Hardy


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(1913–95), English photographer, who worked his way up as an agency and army photographer to become a staffer on Picture Post 1941–57. He said he became a photographer ‘by sheer luck’, having left school at 14 and learned every other stage of photographic processing first. His skilled manipulation of natural light (he never employed flash) and feel for social conditions gave his documentation of inter- and post-war Britain a particular edge. His lengthy sojourns in countries at war prompted debates at home on everything from the discovery of concentration camps to the treatment of POWs in South Korea. After Picture Post folded in 1957, he went into advertising, specializing in classical monochrome mood images.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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