Bert Hardy

Glasgow Gorbals for the 'Picture Post' (4 of 9): Two Boys in the Street

About this artwork

In January 1948, the illustrated magazine, 'Picture Post', published an article about a working-class district of Glasgow which it described as 'The Forgotten Gorbals'. The article advocated urgent social reform and was accompanied by thirteen photographs, three by Bill Brandt and the rest by Bert Hardy. This image shows two young boys running to the local shop. It became one of Hardy’s most iconic works, capturing childhood optimism beyond the poverty and squalor that most families experienced whilst crammed into the area’s tenements.

Bert Hardy

Bert Hardy