Woman and wheelchair in a park, c 1900.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photograph by Paul Martin around 1900 of a London lakeside scene. An elegantly dresed woman and girl stand next to a person in a wheelchair by the lakeside, watching the swans. A young boy, dresed in a suit and bowler hat, stands nearby. 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.