Dickens Festival, Broadstairs, 1967
© Tony Ray-Jones / National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of a woman wearing Victorian dress drinking a cup of tea, taken at the annual Dickens Festival in Broadstairs, Kent by Tony Ray-Jones (1941-1972) in 1967. This photograph was reproduced in Ray-Jones' book, 'A Day Off - An English Journal'. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) owned a house in Broadstairs. A Dickens Festival has been held in the town every year since 1937. Tony Ray-Jones studied graphic design in London before moving to America in 1962 where he met the influential picture editor Alexey Brodovitch who was to have a profound influence on his work as a photographer. In 1965 Ray-Jones returned to Britain to work on a book of photographs about how the British spent their leisure time. A keen social observer, he took photographs of 'everyday' events and made them into something extraordinary. In 1972 Tony Ray-Jones died from leukaemia, aged just 30. His book 'A Day Off - An English Journal' was published posthumously in 1974. His work has influenced a new generation of British photographers.