Lunchtime Lecture: The Great Nadar: Portraits and Perilous Adventures

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5 April 2018, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Writer Adam Begley introduces the tumultuous life and astounding work of Félix Tournachon, better known as Nadar (1820–1910). The first great portrait photographer and a celebrated caricaturist, Nadar was also a pioneering balloonist, the first person to take an aerial photograph, and the prime mover behind the first airmail service. An artist-entrepreneur in the style of Andy Warhol, he knew everyone worth knowing and photographed them all, conferring on posterity psychologically compelling portraits of Sarah Bernhardt, Manet, George Sand, Delacroix, Daumier, Doré and countless others—a priceless panorama of Parisian celebrity. 

Adam Begley is the author of THE GREAT NADAR: The Man Behind the Cameraand Updike. He was the books editor of the New York Observer for twelve years, and has been a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement.

Part of the programme of events complementing Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.