The Nadars, a photographic legend

The Nadars


Plates presenting portraits of actors and actresses

Paul Nadar, around 1891-1894

Albumen prints from silver gelatin glass negatives
BnF, Prints and Photographs Department
© Bibliothèque nationale de France
Portraits of actors and actresses were Paul Nadar's main contribution to the celebrity portrait gallery started by his father and later renamed, "Nadar Editions." In order to manage the new products more efficiently, Paul established a reference system for the snapshots, which could be purchased individually or received by subscription.