Adrien Tournachon

Other names: Alban-Adrien Tournachon[1]


Photographer, painter, and designer.[1]

Joined a volunteer military expedition with his brother to help win independence for Poland, 1848, which ended up with both being arrested and imprisoned at Eisleben and returned three months later.[1]
Travelled to Britain in 1835 to secure portrait commissions, but had little success.[1]
Taught photography by his brother who also supported him financially for the opening of his studio, 1854.[1]
His studio commenced having financial problems by late 1854, and after his brother helped salvage it, he asked him to relinquish his share of the studio and leave, 1855.[1]
Won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle for his Pierrot photographs, 1855.[1]
Sued by his brother over the use of the name Nadar, 1855, and Adrien lost the case in 1857.[1]
Member of the Societe Française de Photographic, 1855.[1]
Went bankrupt, 1858, and his brother paid his debts in 1860.[1]
Set up a new photographic studio with J-P Johannes for equestrian and animal pictures, 1862-64.[1]
Created a firm for making photographic enamels, 1869. It failed by 1872.[1]
Exhibited with the Societe des Artistes Français, 1884.[1]
Retired, 1893.[1]
Sent to a mental hospital and died there ten years later.[1]

Place of birth and death: Paris[1]




1. M.M, Hambourg, F. Heilbrun, and P. Néagu. Nadar. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995.


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