London street scene, c 1900.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A London streetscene photographed by Paul Martin [1864-1905] in about 1900. Three people rest on a bench sheltering from the sun on a tree-lined London street. A horse-drawn coal wagon passes by in the street behind. 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.