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Road repair, c 1900.

Martin, Paul

Road repair, c 1900.
3 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm


A photograph by Paul Martin of a gang of workmen repairing a road. The workmen are unloading stone from a wagon in Ludgate Circus, London. In the background is a Thomas Cook office advertising tickets for Great Eastern Railways. 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.

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© Kodak Collection / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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