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Take a Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs is “one of those places,” wrote photographer Félix Nadar, “that everyone wants to see and no one wants to see again.” If anyone would know, Nadar would. He spent three months in and out of the underground city of death, with its macabre piles of skulls and crossbones, taking photographs (see here) that would help turn it into an internationally famous tourist attraction. In these days of quarantine, no one can see it; the site is closed until further notice. But if you’re th...
Tags: Travel, Google, College, Life, History, Paris, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Roman, Josh Jones, Nadar, Paris Catacombs, Durham NC Follow, Allison Meier, Felix Nadar, Jean Paul Marat

Behold Félix Nadar’s Pioneering Photographs of the Paris Catacombs (1861)

As a tourist in England, one may be persuaded to pick a piece of merchandise with the now-ubiquitous slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On,” from a little-displayed World War II motivational poster rediscovered in 2000 and turned into the 21st-century's most cheeky emblem of stiff-upper-lip-ness. Travel across the Channel, however, and you’ll find another version of the sentiment, drawn not from war memorabilia but the ancient warning of memento mori. “Keep Calm and Remember You Will Die” say magnets,...
Tags: Google, Photography, England, College, History, Paris, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Meier, Josh Jones, Nadar, Paris Catacombs, Durham NC Follow, Allison Meier, Public Domain Review, Felix Nadar

A few tombs...

During a recent visit to the Père Lachaise cemetery (see previous posts here and here), I thought I should look, among the about 70.000 tombs, for the ones of some famous painters, sculptors… They are not always that easy to find – there are not the same crowds around them as e.g. with the tombs of Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison… Well I found a few, which I will show without any particular order. Here is the one of Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), of course especi...
Tags: Travel, Wikipedia, Gertrude Stein, Montmartre, Charlie Hebdo, Hemingway, Picasso, Pere Lachaise, Rosa, Marie, Chopin, Max Ernst, Peggy Guggenheim, Apollinaire, Gustave Caillebotte, Modigliani

March 2019 Eye Need to Do’s: Guys and Dolls, Tutankhamun, the Treasure of the Pharaoh, Black Models: from Géricault to Matisse and Saut Hermes

Guys and Dolls   A treasure of the American musical theater, Guys and Dolls makes its Paris debut. The smash success from the 1950s has great songs including Luck Be a Lady, If I Were a Bell, and A Bushel and a Peck. Performed in English with French subtitles.   March 13 – July 27, 2019   Théâtre Marigny Carré Marigny, 75008 Metro: Champs Elysees-Clemenceau Tutankhamun, the Treasure of the Pharaoh Fifty years after its hist...
Tags: Travel, Egypt, Paris, Hermès, Dolls, Henri Matisse, Bell, Matisse, Gericault, Nadar, Musee D'Orsay, Richard Nahem, Eye Need To Do's, Solferino, Grand Palais Avenue Winston Churchill, Théâtre Marigny Carré Marigny

France, Paris

14h BNF dernier jour de l’exposition sur les frères Nadar Copyright Jacques Witt [Author: Jacques Witt]
Tags: Travel, Blogroll, Nadar, France PARIS, Actualité, Non classé, Photographie, Photojournalisme, Voyages, Jacques Witt

From Eugène Rougon to Donald Trump: Émile Zola and politics

Zola modeled the characters, plot, and settings of his novel His Excellency Eugène Rougon (1876) on real people and events, drawing on his own experience as a parliamentary reporter in 1869–71 and secretary in 1870 to the Republican deputy Alexandre Glais-Bizoin. But the novel is not a mere chronicle of politics during the French Second Empire (1852–70). Zola’s representation of politics is itself political. The novel could be described as “satirical realism.” Its satirical thrust lies in its de...
Tags: Books, France, White House, US, George Orwell, Philip Roth, Fox News, Donald Trump, Orwell, Jules, Zola, Wikimedia Commons, Emile Zola, Nadar, Honoré Daumier, Louis Napoleon

Thought for the Day, June 8, 2018

George Sand (Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin), 1864. (Photo by Nadar/public domain) George Sand, French novelist and memoirist “One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness – simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all else, a clear conscience.” (from a 1866 letter) July 1, 1804-June 8, 1876
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Local-news, San Fernando Valley, Nadar, Top Stories LADN, George Sand Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin

What Diversity and Inclusion in Modeling Means to 9 Victoria's Secret Angels

With 55 models representing 20 countries cast in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, it was bound to be the most diverse cast yet. And when we spoke with the models backstage before they show, they were feeling empowered by these stats. Plus, lead hairstylist Anthony Nadar and Tom Pecheaux made sure to embrace the models' natural beauty and features. For hair, Nadar gave most models glam bombshell waves using a blow dryer, extensions, and a curling iron. While this style looks ...
Tags: Beauty, Models, Shanghai, Victoria, Exclusive, Victoria's Secret, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Secret Angels, Nadar, Beauty Interview, Beauty Diversity, Anthony Nadar, Tom Pecheaux, Pecheaux, Secret Velvet Matte Lio Cream Stains

Weekend Reading

In this edition, two great reads for noir fans, the story of the Andy Warhol of the late 19th century, a loving tribute to a parent, and more. Adrian Liang: Smoke from forest fires up in British Columbia have been smudging Seattle’s skies for the past few days, reminding me of Timothy Egan’s excellent nonfiction book The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. A little over 100 years ago, a forest fire ravaged Montana, forcing homesteaders and newly minted railroad barons to e...
Tags: Books, Texas, Montana, France, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Anna, Seattle, Smith, British Columbia, John Mcphee, Amazon Books, Puccini, Teddy Roosevelt

How Nadar Became the First Great Portrait Photographer

"Nadar’s great legacy is the desire to make a psychologically compelling and intimate portrait"
Tags: Books, Photography, News, Uncategorized, Nadar

Books of The Times: The Wild of Nadar, an Early Photographer Who Knew How to Give a Party

Adam Begley’s “The Great Nadar” describes the 19th-century photographer and pioneering balloonist who lived large in Paris.
Tags: Photography, News, Adam, Begley, Nadar, Books and Literature, The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera (Book, Adam Begley

"Japanese Photography" - Two Current Exhibitions in Tokyo -and- (Bonus!) Two Good Sources

Caption: 'Boy Wearing Armor' by Suzuki Shinichi (c. 1882-1897) | GOTO SHINPEI MEMORIAL HALLPhoto and text from The Japan Times, 3/28/17. There are two photography exhibitions currently showing at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum that are thematically and chronologically unrelated, but together make a strong testimony of the extent to which Japan embraced photography from its earliest beginnings, and how the medium is a strong suit in Japan’s contribution to the contemporary art scene. One is a...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Japan, Resources, France, Asia Pacific, Paris, Anthropology, Tokyo, Exhibition, Tatsumi, Nagasaki, Japan Times, Nadar, Karen Fraser, Felice Beato

Delacroix paintings restored.

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1865) made three paintings which decorate a chapel in the Saint Sulpice Church. I talked about them in a previous post (see here), but they were then under a heavily needed restoration, which lasted about a year. They are now visible again!  There are two mural paintings and one ceiling painting on stretched canvas. They were all executed rather late in Delacroix’s life, officially inaugurated in 1861, two years before his death. He spent a few years on ...
Tags: Travel, Michael, Nadar, Delacroix, Peter Olson, Paris 6, Saint-Sulpice Church


Referring to my recent post about the Dosne-Thiers building - from the windows you have an excellent view of Place Saint-George. You can see the building where the famous courtesan “La Païva” lived for a while before moving to her fantastic mansion on the Champs-Elysées (on which I posted here). Originally (1824) there was a fountain in the middle of the place. It lost its water when the metro line no. 12 was created (1906). The fountain was replaced in 1911 by a monument (by ...
Tags: Travel, Notre Dame, Manet, Gustave Doré, Nadar, Charivari, Honoré Daumier, Peter Olson, Paris 9

'A Modern Study Of Hair' Celebrates Women's Connections To Their Locks

Think of a woman you love -- your partner, maybe, or your mother. Now, imagine her hair. Is it thick, rich, beautifully braid-able? Is it cropped short above her neck, setting one of the most intimate parts of her body on view?  The boundless opportunity for hairstyling makes a person’s hair one of the most expressive parts of her (or his) body. It can be a color-ready palette, a moldable sculpture, a gorgeous ready-made, or a work of art representing her family before her. Which is why photogr...
Tags: News, Huffington Post, Bogart, Maddie Crum, Nadar

Open Mike: Theory of Dogs

Dogs: I have a theory about dogs; see what you think. "Dogs make life better." That's all of it. Make sense to you? I seldom mind caring for my dogs—they give back to me more than I ever give them. Cars: I have a couple of money questions this week. A flyer from Road & Track landed in my inbox, touting an article entitled, "The 13 Best Cars Under $100,000." The subtitle was, "Over the last few years, $100,000 has become an increasingly interesting price point." My immediate thought was, "yeah,...
Tags: Photography, Lulu, Open Mike, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Roger Cicala, Nadar, Mike Open Mike

Stunning Digital Female Portraits By Irakli Nadar

Most people agree that portraits are the most difficult subjects to paint. It’s not easy—especially for a beginner—to look at another person and draw and or paint them as they are in front of you or on a photograph. Irakli Nadar is an up-and-coming portrait artist who was a CG modeller before he chose to get into illustration. h/t: momenta “If I could recommend that artists do only one thing to improve their art and better themselves, I would tell them to study old master paintings.”, says N...
Tags: Design, Inspirations, Momenta, Nadar, Irakli Nadar

The absurd life of Félix Nadar, French portraitist and human flight advocate

Newly translated into English, Nadar’s writings offer us the opportunity to revisit a bizarre and compelling character who took portraits of the Parisian cultural eliteNothing about Félix Nadar was ever straightforward, as the photograph on the cover of When I Was a Photographer reveals. There he is, a dapper daredevil in his top hat and floppy cravat, in the basket of a gas balloon, floating high among the clouds, binoculars at the ready, ballast and grapnel hook within easy reach. He’s scannin...
Tags: Books, Photography, France, World news, History, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Biography, Autobiography and memoir, Nadar, Boulevard des Capucines

Nehru was a Mean-spirited Man

Today, Oct 31st, is the 138th birth anniversary of the man who integrated the various princely states of British India into the India we have today, Shri Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel (1875 – 1950) also known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He was the first “Minister of Home Affairs” and the Deputy Prime minister from 15 August 1947 until he passed away on Dec 15th 1950 at the age of 75. He was a giant of a political leader and modern India owes him a lot. But as has unfortunately become the patte...
Tags: Congress, India, Pakistan, United Nations, Army, Delhi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Cabinet, Hyderabad, Bombay, Cadillac, Ministry Of External Affairs, Pioneer, Ministry of Home Affairs, Shankar