The Nadars, a photographic legend

The Nadars


Louis Lherminier (1813-1893)

Félix Nadar, around 1855-1859

Salt-paper print from a collodion glass negative, 22.2 x 16.7 cm.
Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 84.XM.436.242
The son of a brilliant naturalist, Louis Lherminier was a famous figure on the Bohemian scene, as were Alexandre Privat d’Anglemont, Melvil-Bloncourt and Victor Cochinat, who all came from the Antilles. Their favorite places to meet included La Laiterie du Paradoxe; the Café de la Rochefoucauld, where Nadar could often be found as well, and, last but not least, the famous Divan Lepeletier, where L'Herminier rubbed shoulders with Musset, Nerval, de Beauvoir and Banville. A Balzacian, and often whimsical, hero – it has been speculated that he may have been the model for Un Prince de la Bohème(A Prince of Bohemia)– Lherminier held the position of editor-in-chief at several different newspapers: Le Droit, Le Portefeuille, revue diplomatique, L’Avant-garde and La Liberté.