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Félix Nadar
(Gaspard-Félix Tournachon)

* April 6th 1820, Paris (France)
† March 21st 1910, Paris (France)

Félix Nadar, born in 1920, studied medicine at Lyon and returned to Paris in 1938. Starting his career as a photographer in 1853, he founded his portrait studio at Paris - Rue Saint-Lazare - in 1854. Later he moved to Boulevard des Capucines. Committing his Paris photo studio to his son Paul Nadar in 1887, he ran a photo studio in Marseille from 1895 until his return to Paris in 1909. A retrospective of his work was shown at the Paris' World Fair in 1900, organized by his son.
Félix Nadar became famous by his intense portraits of well known people from politics, science and arts, i.e. Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Victor Hugo, George Sand, Sarah Bernhardt, Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Hector Berlioz, Charles Baudelaire, Alexandre Dumas and Eugène Delacroix.
He was buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris.

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Paul Nadar
(Paul Tournachon)

* February 8th 1856, Paris (France)
† September 1st 1939, Paris (France)

Paul Nadar got the portrait studio from his father Felix Nadar in 1887. He set his focus more on portraits of celebrities from theatre and opera. Besides the Reutlingers, he was one of the most successful portrait photographers of his time at Paris. Many of his photographs were published on postcards too.


Paul Nadar


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