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Nadar, Paris, Emile Augier, French poet and playwright, 1870

Year: Circa 1870

Albumin Drawing, Business Card
Format (cm): 6.5x10.5
Price:  €90

Sarah Bernhardt, Gustave Courbet, Charles Baudelaire, Eugène Delacroix… All posed in front of Nadar’s goal! Known as Félix Tournachon (1820–1910), Nadar was undoubtedly the photographer of 19th-century celebrities. This brilliant visionary and experimenter marked the history of the image by becoming the first aerial photographer, but also the sensitive photographic portrait artist, at the time of the quasi-industrial development of this new medium.

Disdéri, Paris, portrait of Guy de Maupassant 

Cabinet card
Year: Circa 1880
Albumin print
Format (cm): 10 x 14 cm

Price: 150€


Henry-René-Albert-Guy de Maupassant is a French writer and literary journalist born on August 5, 1850 at the castle of Miromesnil in Tourville-sur-Arques and died on July 6, 1893 in Paris.

Disdéri opened the capital’s largest photography studio in Paris in 1848 at 8 Boulevard des Italiens. In November of the same year, he filed a patent for a new type of portrait, which he called “business card”. It is a portrait of reduced size (6 cm 9 cm), the portrait-map, obtained by means of a special chamber with four or six lenses. This room makes it possible to obtain, in a single pose, four or six identical portraits of the same model.

Creamer, Paris, Théophile Gautier, 1865

Year: Circa 1865-1970

Albumin print
Format (cm): 6.5x10.5
Price:  €120

Léon Crémière, born on February 7, 1831 in Paris and died on April 2, 1913 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, is a French photographer. He made numerous portraits of soldiers and photographs of animals.

 

Assistant to Disderi, Léon Crémière created his own studio in Paris in 1862, and specialized in hunting dog photography and horseback riding.

Settled at 28, rue Laval in Paris, he became editor and photographer of the house of Emperor Napoleon III in 1866.

He uses Lazarus' literary pseudonym.

Pierre Petit, Paris, Victor Hugo, 1861

Year: Circa 1861

Albumin drawing business card
Format (cm): 6.5x10.5
Price: €210

Pierre Petit, born 15 August 1831 in Aups (Var1) and died 16 February 1909 in Paris, is a French photographer. Pierre Lanith Petit learns the photographic technique with Eugène Disdéri, the inventor of the business card photo. He is nicknamed «Collodion le chevelu».

In 1859, he began an ambitious project of a Men’s Gallery of the Day, composed of portraits accompanied by biographical notes of personalities at the centre of current events in entertainment, culture and political life. This work launches its notoriety.

From 1871 to 1884, he was commissioned by the State to monitor the construction of the Statue of Liberty in Auguste Bartholdi’s Parisian workshop before his expedition to New York

He was made a knight of the Legion of Honour on 23 July 1881.

Anchor Victor Hugo

Nadar, Paris, Georges Sand, 1864

Year: 1864

Albumin Drawing, Business Card
Format (cm): 6.5x10.5
Price:  SOLD

Sarah Bernhardt, Gustave Courbet, Charles Baudelaire, Eugène Delacroix… All posed in front of Nadar’s goal! Known as Félix Tournachon (1820–1910), Nadar was undoubtedly the photographer of 19th-century celebrities. This brilliant visionary and experimenter marked the history of the image by becoming the first aerial photographer, but also the sensitive photographic portrait artist, at the time of the quasi-industrial development of this new medium.

Carjat, Paris, Emile Auguste Nélaton,

French physician and surgeon, 1865

Year: Circa 1865

Albumen print, Business Card
Format (cm): 6.5x10.5
Price :
  € 120

Étienne Carjat, born in Fareins (Ain) on March 28, 1828 and died in Paris (10th arrondissement) on March 8, 1906, is a French photographer, journalist, caricaturist and poet.

 

He learned the trade from Pierre Petit and set up his first workshop at number 56 rue Laffitte in Paris Halfway from Baudelaire, with Nadar, he was the main photographer of characters for the arts, politics and entertainment between 1860 and 1890.

 

One of his most famous photographs is a portrait of Arthur Rimbaud, taken in October 1871.

Nadar, Paris, Finette, 1860

Year: circa 1860

Albumin Drawing, Business Card
Format (cm): 6.5x10.5
Price:  SOLD

Sarah Bernhardt, Gustave Courbet, Charles Baudelaire, Eugène Delacroix… All posed in front of Nadar’s goal! Known as Félix Tournachon (1820–1910), Nadar was undoubtedly the photographer of 19th-century celebrities. This brilliant visionary and experimenter marked the history of the image by becoming the first aerial photographer, but also the sensitive photographic portrait artist, at the time of the quasi-industrial development of this new medium.

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