Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


(nädär`), pseud. of

Gaspard-Félix Tournachon

(gäspär`-fālēks` to͞ornäshôN`), 1820–1910, French pioneer photographer and writer, b. Paris; he adopted the legal trademark of "Nadar" as a young man. A multitalented young bon vivant, with a gift for self-promotion, he began his career as a caricaturist, and wrote for magazines and newspapers. In 1853 he opened a photographic studio that became a meeting place for literary and artistic celebrities; he captured their faces in portraits that combine brilliant composition with psychological insight; his finest were taken mainly from 1854 to 1860. Nadar is best known for his pioneering aerial photographs. Having conceived (1855) the idea of mapmaking and surveying from a balloon, he went aloft for the first time in 1857, quickly installed a darkroom and lab in a balloon gondola, and completed his first aerial photographs c.1858. Nadar also pioneered airmail (using balloons) during the siege of Paris in 1870 and invented the photo-essay, e.g., his photographic series of the Paris catacombs and interviews accompanied by photographs. In his day, however, his prose essays and novels brought him greater fame than his photographs. Much of his work is preserved in the Bibliothèque nationale.


See A. Begley, The Great Nadar (2017).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Rajendran, the school headmaster spoke about the history of Nadar with the school and also talked about the donations made by him to the school on his visit.
Mother of the three slain sons had reportedly said that Pir Mohammad had come to their house and taken her sons to the hujra of Nadar Khan.
Nadar's sister, Jocelyn, incumbent municipal treasurer of Palimbang and her husband, Jojo were nabbed by op-eratives of the Philippine Drug Enforce-ment Agency (PDEA) during a raid on their house in Barangay San Isidro, this city last November 2017.
Nadar Channa told the media that on a tip-off a police party cordoned off Katcha area of Kachoketi and raided a hideout where the accused had kept the abductees.
family Felix Tournachon Nadar (1820-1910) and photographs by his
On August 11, the day we met Roshni Nadar Malhotra, HCL was celebrating its 40th birthday.
Under Roshni's leadership, HCL Corporation is diversifying into healthcare and skills training, and expanding its philanthropic footprint Roshni Nadar, 35, CEO HCL Corporation
In a statement on Friday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the dismissal of municipal treasurer Francis Nadar, municipal accountant Zaida Apil, and municipal budget officer Pukog Makakua of the municipality of Palimbang in Sultan Kudarat.