Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A curious creature …

… The absurd life of Félix Nadar, French portraitist and human flight advocate | Books | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

In the age of the selfie, Nadar reminds us of the brave beginnings of a medium that changed the world. A pioneer photographer with any ambition needed to be part scientist (Nadar liked to call the darkroom his laboratory), part artist, part salesman – and yet a whiff of the mountebank clung to the nascent profession.

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