The Hyman Collection includes many works which present the pub as the heart of social life. The image of people, usually men, with a pint glass in hand runs through British photography from the Bert Hardy’s photographs of pubs of Elephant and Castle to Colin Jones on the streets of Belfast. Whereas in Paris, Brassai was drawn to women drinking wine at bar tables, in Britain the drink of choice is commonly beer and pubs are shown as predominantly a male arena.
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