Other names: Alban-Adrien Tournachon
Photographer, painter, and designer.
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.
Travelled to Britain in 1835 to secure portrait commissions, but had little success.
Taught photography by his brother who also supported him financially for the opening of his studio, 1854.
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.
Won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle for his Pierrot photographs, 1855.
Sued by his brother over the use of the name Nadar, 1855, and Adrien lost the case in 1857.
Member of the Societe Franšaise de Photographic, 1855.
Went bankrupt, 1858, and his brother paid his debts in 1860.
Set up a new photographic studio with J-P Johannes for equestrian and animal pictures, 1862-64.
Created a firm for making photographic enamels, 1869. It failed by 1872.
Exhibited with the Societe des Artistes Franšais, 1884.
Sent to a mental hospital and died there ten years later.
Place of birth and death: Paris
1. M.M, Hambourg, F. Heilbrun, and P. Néagu. Nadar. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995.
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