photographer John Thompson show the reality of existence in the when photography was in its infancy. In 1876 he set out with writer Adolphe Smith and together the pair spoke to people and the shots were later published in magazine, Street Life in London.
"Street Life in London" by John Thomson Public Disinfectors - “They receive sixpence an hour for disinfecting houses and removing contaminated clothing and furniture, and these are such busy times that they often work twelve hours a day.
“A secondhand clothes seller at Newcastle cloth market reads as customers inspect her goods. A set of original glass negatives showing street scenes of century Newcastle found by Aaron Guy, who works at the city’s Mining Institute.
Shared comment: Victorian match girls 1888 worked in terrible conditions, 14 hours a day for very little wages. Phosphorous used in making matches caused hair and teeth loss, yellowing of skin and phossy jaw, a type of facial bone cancer.
These four children had their photograph taken during their school holidays at their home North Berwick. The family were the children of a general practitioner; the elder boys have been dressed in matching costumes and the younger boy and girl wear s