Nadar Bio Reviewed in NYT Book Review

Nadar and a Balloon. Cover of the British publication of Gernsheim’s History of Photography 1969 edition dedicated to his late wife Alison.

Toronto. In January 1839 when the Daguerreotype was first announced, Gaspard-Felix Tournachon was just 18 years old. Know to one and all as Nadar, he enthusiastically promoted the new art form. He opened his own studio in 1854. Archer had announced the wet-plate photography process three years earlier in in England.

George Dunbar sent me this brief note regarding a NY Times book review of a new biography of the famous Frenchman.

George writes, “A new biography of photographer, Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (6 April 1820 – 20 March 1910), better known by his nickname Nadar, was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review (July 23). The Great Nadar, The Man Behind The Camera by Adam Begley (illustrated 248 pp. Tim Dugan Books. $28US will certainly interest any follower of early developments in France.

“Nadar was one of the first to take advantage of balloons for aerial photography. However, he was earlier praised for his excellent portraits of the elite in Paris. This animated GIF image demonstrates Nadar’s fascination with “selfies.”

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