1820 - 1910

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Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (5 April 1820 – 20 March 1910), known by the pseudonym Nadar, was a French photographer, caricaturist, journalist, novelist, balloonist, and proponent of heavier-than-air flight. In 1858, he became the first person to take aerial photographs. Photographic portraits by Nadar are held by many of the great national collections of photographs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nadar has received more than 424,155 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Nadar is the most popular photographer, the 335th most popular biography from France (down from 293rd in 2019) and the most popular French Photographer.

Nadar was a photographer and journalist in France during the 1800s. He is most famous for his work capturing the lives of people in Paris during the 1850s.

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Among photographers, Nadar ranks 1 out of 148After him are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Alberto Korda, Robert Doisneau, Alexander Rodchenko, Eadweard Muybridge, Dora Maar, Heinrich Hoffmann, Vivian Maier, Elliott Erwitt, and Julia Margaret Cameron.

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Among people born in 1820, Nadar ranks 6Before him are Friedrich Engels, Florence Nightingale, Herbert Spencer, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, and Anne Brontë. After him are Henri, Count of Chambord, Jenny Lind, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Multatuli, Harriet Tubman, and Susan B. Anthony. Among people deceased in 1910, Nadar ranks 10Before him are Florence Nightingale, Robert Koch, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, William James, Henri Rousseau, and Edward VII. After him are Chulalongkorn, O. Henry, Mily Balakirev, Marius Petipa, Johann Gottfried Galle, and Luigi Lucheni.

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Among people born in France, Nadar ranks 335 out of 6,770Before him are Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1275), Colette (1873), Luc Montagnier (1932), Louis VI of France (1081), François Couperin (1668), and Sophie Germain (1776). After him are Pierre Beaumarchais (1732), Chrétien de Troyes (1135), Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan (1640), Robert I, Duke of Normandy (1010), Charles Messier (1730), and Louis de Broglie (1892).


Among photographers born in France, Nadar ranks 1After him are Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908), Robert Doisneau (1912), Dora Maar (1907), Elliott Erwitt (1928), Claude Cahun (1894), Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894), Hippolyte Bayard (1801), André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (1819), Patrick Demarchelier (1943), Sophie Calle (1953), and Étienne Carjat (1828).