Bert Hardy: Personal Collection

Print Sales Gallery presents an exhibition of vintage works from British Photographer, Bert Hardy (b. 1913 – d. 1995) drawn from his private collection of prints.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Photographers' Gallery in Greater London, United Kingdom.
From Friday 13 May 2016 to Sunday 03 July 2016

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Stored for decades at his home, these rare black and white photos were saved as keepsakes from his legendary career and are now on display for the very first time. These unique prints are the original copies initially produced at the Picture Post office and were considered by Hardy as the strongest in his vast body of work. Released only recently for acquisition, the show offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire prints chosen by the iconic photographer.

Born in 1913 to a poor working class family in Blackfriars, London, Hardy rose to prominence through his distinctive photojournalistic style, working as chief photographer at the influential British photographic news magazine, Picture Post during the 1940s and 1950s.

Hardy first established himself as a gifted war photographer with a portfolio that covered all aspects of conflict – from London air-raid shelters, to the D-Day landings, the liberation of Paris and the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

Today, however, Hardy’s legacy is best admired and celebrated for the exuberant spirit and warmth of his images. Placing a spotlight on the reality of post-war life Hardy never strayed into sentimentality but nonetheless drew upon his personal experiences of hardship to empathetically express his subjects’ stories.

His images are considered to be among the greatest social documents of twentieth century Britain. This is best exemplified in photographs such as Life of an East End Parson (1940) in which, amid the squalor, rubble and dust, Hardy focuses on a local priest stooping to talk to a little girl; their poignant interaction thrown into sharp relief by the surrounding evidence of war-torn London. In the standout Gibraltar, The Combined Fleets Ashore (1954), he captures a brief moment of unguarded exhilaration, observing the entranced gaze of young sailors as they watch the performance of a Spanish dancer.

The Photographers’ Gallery enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Bert Hardy throughout his life and continue to work exclusively with his Estate. The prints are priced from £2,500 +VAT.