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Fairground prizes, c 1898.

Martin, Paul

Fairground prizes, c 1898.
3 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm


A photograph by Paul Martin taken around 1898 of a fairground scene in one of London's parks. Children, one in a sailor suit, line up to watch a woman throwing a ball in a fairground game. If she wins, she could take one of the toys or ornaments scattered on the ground as a prize. 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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