In the age of Social Media, most folks know how to market themselves for attention. In the mid-1800’s in France, so one had that skill better than “Nadar.” Though not his given name, Nadar developed a reputation for his photography, traveling in hot air balloons and being a top contemporary, along with the likes of George Sand, Victor Hugo, and Baudelaire. With his fiesty mustache and a camera, Nadar became a legend.
Adam Begley’s new book, The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera, readers get a chance to look into the life behind the selfmade marketing. Nadar’s triumphs and failures, along with many photographs, are included in the book. If you’re fascinated about France in the 1850’s, this book contains a veritable who’s who of writers, artists, and photographers of the day. My favorite are the stories relating to George Sand, the pen name of a notorious female writer who trusted only Nadar to capture her photograph and she got on in years.
The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera, takes a topic that many readers will know nothing about and draws you in like a tabloid story.
The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera is now available from Tim Duggan Books.