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Adam Begley, The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera

Adam Begley, The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera

Book Tickets

Friday 15 Sep 20177:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 8th Sept.)
Oundle Festival of Literature presents

Friday, 15th September, 7:45pm

St Peter's Church Oundle, PE8 4AL

Nadar was the first great portrait photographer, a pioneering balloonist, the first person to take an aerial photograph and launch an air mail service, he was one of the first celebrity artist-entrepreneurs. A kind of 19th-century Andy Warhol, he knew everyone worth knowing and photographed them all, leaving for posterity psychologically compelling portraits of Manet, Sarah Bernhardt, Delacroix, Daumier and countless others - a priceless panorama of Parisian celebrity.

Nadar became known to all of Europe and even across the Atlantic after he launched "The Giant," a hot air balloon as tall as a twelve-story building, the largest of its time. His ballooning exploits, which include a catastrophic crash that made headlines around the world, inspired his friend Jules Verne create one of his most dynamic heroes.

The Great Nadar illuminates a larger-than-life figure, a visionary whose outsized talent and canny self-promotion put him way ahead of his time.

Adam Begley is the author of Updike (Harper, 2014). He was the books editor of the New York Observer from 1996 to 2009. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement.