Edward Chambré Hardman (1898-1988)
14 Jul 1929
Place of origin
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59 Rodney Street, Merseyside (Accredited Museum)
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The 1920s and 1930s saw a dramatic increase in the representation of women in sports. It was within this context that this striking photograph by Edward Chambré Hardman was published in The Manchester Guardian in 1929. Best known for his atmospheric photographs of Liverpool, Hardman took this photo of Margaret Mills, his future wife, posing to dive off a rock. The low angle of the photograph emphasises the height of the impending jump. Although we know that the photo was taken near Bass Rock, it is not the location that piques our visual interest. Rather, it is the sculptural form of the diver, poised to jump into an invisible sea below, that captures our imagination.
Colour-tinted photograph showing Chambré Hardman's wife Margaret poised to dive off a high rock into the sea, taken 14 July 1929.
Makers and roles
Edward Chambré Hardman (1898-1988), photographer