Aged nineteen she arrived at Tilbury Docks from Bombay, with fifteen pounds in her pocket and a Box Brownie camera given to her by her mother, with a request to send her a picture of Buckingham Palace, once she had settled in her new life.
Having married at twenty-two Hy spent her early years taking photos of her young family, but her enthusiasm for photography soon became a passion. She sent one of her pictures to a Sunday National Newspaper and not only was it published, but it was given a By-line, at her first attempt.
A trip to Crystal Palace Football Club as a birthday treat for her eight year old son, spurred her to take action photos. At this time women were not allowed on to the pitch to take pictures. But after a two year struggle, she was accepted by the NUJ and soon became a familiar sight on the touch lines at the then First Division football matches all over London.
Hy was then acknowledged as the first woman sports photographer in Fleet Street. Her photos were regularly seen in books, in magazines and on the sports pages. Her first pass took her to other events, such as the Theatre, Politics, Sports, Corporate Functions and even to Royal occasions.