Rex Hardy was an American still photographer active from 1936 to 1941. Hardy went to New York City in 1936 and landed his first position as a professional photographer with the newly founded Time magazine. Time sent him to Hollywood as staff photographer to cover the Hollywood scene (primarily movie stars, studios, film sets, and costume designers) for its newly established Life magazine. In mid 1937 he was sent back to New York to continue work there for the Time/Life organization. He left Time/Life in early 1939 and returned to the West Coast, where he set himself up as a freelance photographer, doing work for various magazines, advertising agencies, and private individuals. In 1941, a call to active duty in the U.S. Navy ended Hardy's career in photography, and he subsequently moved on to a career in aviation.