Entirely self-taught, Bert Hardy was one of the first Fleet Street photographers
to use a Leica camera. Hardy originally freelanced for a number of London-based
photographic agencies, including the General Photographic Agency, and later
formed the Criterion Press. A brilliant picture maker and early freelance
contributor, he joined the staff of Picture Post in 1941. Postwar, his
positive style and natural ability to handle people and noteworthy events
brought him worldwide acclaim. Hardy enjoyed a hugely successful and lucrative
career in advertising after his time at Picture Post. Very much the
extrovert, Hardy was a much-loved character around Fleet Street, full of cockney
toughness, humor and optimism.
ENGLAND, 1941 -- Photographer Bert Hardy on an assignment for Picture Post.
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