Other names: Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, Nadar/Nadard (pseudonym from 1938)
Writer, caricaturist, and photographer.
Began to study medicine, 1837.
Began writing newspaper articles under the pseudonym 'Nadar' from 1938.
Elected to the Societe des Gens de Lettres, 1842.
Began his career as a caricaturist, 1846, working for the journals Le Corsaire-Satan and La Silhouette.
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.
Imprisoned in Clichy, 1850, for debts.
Became an expert photographer and opened a portrait studio in his house at rue Saint-Lazare, 1853.
Winner of a gold medal at the Exposition Photographique in Brussels, 1856.
Member of the Societe Française de Photographie, 1856.
The first person to undertake aerial photographs which he first carried out from a balloon in 1858.
Established the Societe Generate de Photographie, 1860.
Injured with his wife during a flight in the hot-air balloon the Géant, 1863.
Exhibited his photographs in Berlin, Saint Petersburg, New Orleans and Amsterdam, 1865.
Impressionist painters began to use his gallery in his famous red building to exhibit their works in 1874.
The Nadar Studio won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, 1878.
Honorary member of the Societe Aérophile France, 1894.
Transferred legal ownership of the Nadar Studio to his son, 1895.
Opened a new photography studio, 1897, in Marseilles, but sold it by 1899.
Place of birth and death: Paris
Place of burial: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
1. M.M, Hambourg, F. Heilbrun, and P. Néagu. Nadar. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995.
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