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Nikola Tesla People

Relatives, friends and associates of Nikola Tesla

Dickinson V. Alley


Dickenson V. Alley was a promotional stunt photographer from the east coast who took some of the most well-known photos of Nikola Tesla. Using a double exposure trick with his camera, Alley created one-of-a-kind images of Tesla in his Colorado Springs Experimental Station. The first exposure of the photograph would be of Tesla sitting in his chair, reading a paper. Using the same photographic plate, Alley would expose the image again in the exact same location, this time with the Tesla coil active. The final photograph shows Tesla sitting beside his coil erupting in a lightning shower. Tesla later used this image in his lectures to promote his research and garner funding.