Food stall at a fairground, c 1898.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

Food stall at a fairground, c 1898.

Martin, Paul

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society


A view of a food stall at a fairground, taken by Paul Martin in about 1898. The man in the centre may be looking after a hot fat frier, perhaps for making chips. Fairground swingboats are visible through the trees in the background. This is one of a series of photographs taken by Paul Martin at a fair, probably in one of the London parks. Paul Martin is regarded as a pioneer of photo journalism. In 1892 he bought a 'Facile' - a popular hand camera made by Fallowfield of London. With his camera disguised as a leather case, he was able to work unobserved, taking the candid photographs of daily life which are recognised as his greatest work.



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