Shooting range, c 1898.
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One of a series of photographs taken by Paul Martin at a fair, posibly in one of London's parks around 1898. A group of boys watch a man take aim on a fairground shooting range. The targets are clay tobacco pipes. 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.