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Nadar


 



Nadar

(b Paris, 8 April 1820; d Paris, 21 March 1910).

 French photographer, printmaker, draughtsman, writer and balloonist. He was born into a family of printers and became familiar with the world of letters very early in life. He abandoned his study of medicine for journalism, working first in Lyon and then in Paris. In the 1840s Nadar moved in socialist, bohemian circles and developed strong republican convictions. Around this time he adopted the pseudonym Nadar (from ‘Tourne à dard’, a nickname he gained because of his talent for caricature). For his friend Charles Baudelaire, Nadar personified ‘the most astonishing expression of vitality’. In 1845 he published his first novel, La Robe de Dejanira, and the following year he embarked on his career as a caricaturist, working for La Silhouette and Le Charivari and subsequently for the Revue comique (1848) and Charles Philipon’s Journal pour rire (1849), which later became the Journal amusant (1856). In London in 1863 Nadar discovered the drawings in Punch and met the illustrators Paul Gavarni and Constantin Guys, who became a friend. Nadar ended his career as a caricaturist in 1865, by which time he had become famous as a photographer.
 

Dore
1854
 

Pierrot the Photographer
1854-55
   


Baudelaire
1856-58

Self-Portrait
1855
 


The Catacombs
1861-62
 


The Sewers
1864-65
 

Young Woman in Profile
c. 1859

  

Sarah Bernhardt
1865
 

Georges Sand
1877

The Photographer's Wife
1890

 

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