Skipping at a fair, 1898.
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A photograph taken by Paul Martin at a fair on Hampstead Heath, London in 1898. Two men turn a skipping rope as a little girl skips. A group have gathered near the swing boat rides to watch. Two small children in the foreground, unconcerned with all that is going on around them, play happily with sticks in the sand. 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.