Children playing in a river, c 1900
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photograph by Paul Martin of children playing in a river, taken about 1900. A hot summer's day. A large group of children play along the river's edge while adults rest on the bank. 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.