Policeman on a busy street, c 1900.

Martin, Paul

Policeman on a busy street, c 1900.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 27cm x 32cm


A photograph by Paul Martin of a busy London street, taken about 1900. A policeman controls the horse-drawn traffic on this busy street. A horse-drawn bus is visible behind the policeman in the centre. 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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