Incredible images of post-war Britain on show in Bert Hardy retrospective exhibition

Black and white photo of a small boy kicking a ball into a football net as a panda sits, acting as goalkeeper.
Bert Hardy's son, Michael Hardy, playing football Ming the panda at London Zoo, shot for Sunday Graphic in 1939. (Image credit: Bert Hardy | Peter And The Panda, 1939. Images provided by Getty Imag- es Archive, home of the Picture Post collection, in support of Bert Hardy: Photojournalism in War and Peace.)

Bert Hardy is one of the most recognizable names in British photojournalism, and captured moments in time that provide a window into the daily life of our ancestors. This work, along with others from his illustrious career will be displayed in an upcoming exhibition.  

Bert Hardy: Photojournalism in War and Peace will run from February 23 - June 2, 2024,  at The Photographer's Gallery in London and will 'shine a fresh light' on Hardy's varied photography career. From Hardy's early career as a news and sports photographer to serving as a combat cameraman and then onto commercial advertising, the exhibition tells the story of not just the incredible journey of a photographer but that of an extremely versatile entrepreneur. It is documented that Hardy was among the first UK professional photographers to adopt a Leica camera for his reportage work, a camera that later went on to become a photojournalist staple.  

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 

Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.