Friday, April 20, 2012

Photographs of the Famous by Felix Nadar

Félix Nadar was the pseudonym of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1 April 1820, Paris – 23 March 1910), a French photographer, caricaturist, journalist, novelist and balloonist. He took his first photographs in 1853 and pioneered the use of artificial lighting in photography, working in the catacombs of Paris. Around 1863, Nadar built a huge (6000 m³) balloon named Le Géant (“The Giant”), thereby inspiring Jules Verne’s Five Weeks in a Balloon. Although the “Géant” project was initially unsuccessful Nadar was still convinced that the future belonged to heavier-than-air machines. Later, “The Society for the Encouragement of Aerial Locomotion by Means of Heavier than Air Machines” was established, with Nadar as president and Verne as secretary. Nadar was also the inspiration for the character of Michael Ardan in Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon. In April 1874, he lent his photo studio to a group of painters, thus making the first exhibition of the Impressionists possible. (Wikipedia)

"Revolving" selfportrait by Nadar, ca. 1865

George Sand, 1877

Louis Daguerre, 1844

Franz Liszt, ca.1880

Eugène Delacroix, 1858

Jaques Offenbach, ca. 1860

Henri Rochefort, ca. 1893

Gustave Doré, ca. 1855

Sarah Bernhardt, 1865

Charles Baudelaire, 1855

Auguste Rodin, 1893

Emile Zola, ca. 1895

Claude Debussy, ca. 1908

Peter Krapotkin, ca. 1870

Alexandre Dumas, 1855

Élisée Reclus, ca. 1895

Jules Verne, ca. 1885

Stéphane Mallarmé, 1896

Ernest Shackleton, ca. 1909

Claude Monet, 1899

Edouard Manet, ca. 1870

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