Tuesday, 14 May 2019 - Friday, 24 May 2019
at the Art Workers’ Guild
10.30am - 4.30pm
An exhibition of photographs by Nicholas Hardinge (1927 - 2005), hosted by Brother Jacqueline Taber of the Geedon Gallery.
The exhibition will be open 10.30am to 4.30pm daily and there will be a private view on Friday 17 May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm.
In 1949, after service in the RAF Nicholas Hardinge studied briefly at the London School of Photography, before getting his first job in the darkroom of society photographer Walter Bird. The premises were shared with Photographic Illustrations Ltd, who were Industrial and Architectural Photographers. Later he worked for Pictorial Press Agency, who provided illustrations for the long departed weekly Everybody. These pictures were all taken in his spare time or weekends. The 2 '/2"x 2 " negatives were lost for over 30 years until they were found on moving house.
These few surviving images illustrate a way of life that has gone for ever. In those days, the Thames and London Docks were seething with shipping and small craft. The Thames barge, although in decline was still very much in evidence. The workmen, in their flat caps all look so different today. All these photographs were taken with a Rolleiflex camera.This was not taken at eye level, but looking downwards into the dark hood, thus making it easier to snatch pictures undetected, like Gas Workers at Greenwich and the old lady in Deodar Road, Putney.