Richard Von Dix – Photographic Artist.
In the 1870s, Alston Moor had its first professional photographer, who was also a bit of a character. Many of his photographs survive, mostly portraits, usually taken outdoors, probably in a booth set up at fairs and other events. Fortunately, some photos are in the Alston Moor Historical Society Archives and available for public viewing. They include a group of girls barely repressing their giggles, a group of plasterers in clean work clothes, a husband and wife, where the husband looks a bit worse for drink, people who appear stiff and nervous in front of the camera, and so on.
Although this article is about Richard von Dix, it also shows how people were entertained a hundred and thirty years ago and what the sense of humour was like – at least that which reached the press.
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