Bert Hardy

Britain Through His Lens 1938—1957


Britain Through His Lens 1938—1957 celebrates the work of one of England’s most renowned documentary photographers. From the Blitz to Royal weddings, the book brings together some of Hardy’s most iconic photographs from times of war and peace. Showcasing his striking and nostalgic insight into Mid Century Britain.


This new edition is a companion book to our previous Bert Hardy book, which is now out of print.

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Bert Hardy was born in London in May 1913. The eldest of seven children in a working-class family, he left school aged fourteen to work as a messenger collecting and delivering film and prints from West End chemists for a film processing company. Captivated by photography, he bought a plate camera from a pawnbroker’s shop and using his sister’s head as a tripod, snapped King George V and Queen Mary passing by in a carriage down Blackfriars Road. Bert printed off 200 postcards and sold them around the neighbourhood. A photographic career was launched.


Combining his interests of cycling and photography, he began freelancing for The Bicycle magazine, where he came into contact with the new miniature 35mm cameras. Buying a second-hand Leica, he worked for a photographic agency before being taken on as a staff photographer at the prestigious Picture Post magazine in 1940 before being called away to join the Army’s photographic unit, covering the Normandy Landings, the Allies march into Paris, the crossing into Germany, and the traumatic liberation of Belsen concentration camp. He returned to Picture Post and was responsible for some of their greatest features.


– Saddle stitched booklet (black thread)

– 165x240mm (portrait orientation)

– 64 pages

– 38 images

– Foiling on front and rear cover

– Introduction by Tom Allbeson and Karen McQuaid

– Includes an interview by the editor of The British Journal of Photography, Diane Smyth, with Tom Allbeson, the curator of Bert Hardy: Photojournalism in War and Peace exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery. 

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Weight 0.5 kg