Line of dancing women, c 1898.
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A photograph taken by Paul Martin in about 1898 of group of people enjoying a day out in the countryside. Women, dresed in their best clothes and wearing spectacular bonnets, put their arms round each other's shoulders and dance. The woman in the centre of the line is playing a mouth-organ. 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.