Originally Posted by john_s
What does this refer to, in the caption under one of the photos?
"Overcrowded housing in London’s Elephant and Castle in 1948. Hardy modified his Leica so it would perform better in low light conditions."
"The Cockney photographer went on to create his own developer (a mix of paraphenylene-diamine, metol, glycin and soda sulphite) which he called his ‘super-soup’. By push-processing film in his super-soup Bert could work without flash in lower lighting conditions than most of his competitors.
Not content with his own developer Hardy took a soldering iron to another Leica and customised the shutter so that it could synchronise with flash at 1000th of a second. Bert was no fool. Even today’s Lecia M7 cannot achieve flash synchronisation at such a high speed without an adaptor."
Hm, interesting, but does not really (I think) apply to the picture featured in the Grauniad. Considering the Capa mistake (see above) and the misspelling of Bert Hardy's name, it appears as if the selection of pictures/the captions was put together without great care. The main piece is Naughton's article.