The Elephant by Night Is a Different Place Thronged with Different People

Made:
1949
maker:
Bert Hardy

Silver gelatin print by Bert Hardy, printed in 1985, titled "The Elephant by Night Is a Different Place Thronged with Different People". Originally published in Picture Post Vol. 42, No. 2, January 8, 1949. Story titled "Life in the Elephant", about everyday life in London's Elephant and Castle neighbourhood. Caption in magazine reads: "The multifarious bustle still goes on at night. But the slums are masked. The watching bricks unfreeze. Manners and customs mellow in the light of the stalls. The all-day workers relax, as they make for the movies or the boxing match. The all-day idlers become purposeful as they drift to cheap beds."

Photographer's stamp on verso.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1991-5065/48
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • object genre
  • image
credit:
National Science and Media Museum, Bradford