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Paul Nadar: From Turkey to Turkistan, 1890

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Paul Nadar: From Turkey to Turkistan, 1890

Time: September 23, 2010 to October 6, 2010
Location: Tashkent House of Photography
Street: 4 Istikbol street, Tashkent, 100047
City/Town: Uzbekistan
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Phone: (+998 71) 233 51 68
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Victor Hugo French Cultural Centre with support from the Fund Forum and the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan
Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2010

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Paul Nadar was the son of the famous French photographer Felix Gaspard Tournachon known as Nadar, who photographed nineteenth-century Parisians, including Honore de Balzac, Wagner and Baudelaire, over many decades, in a highly successful commercial venture.

Paul became manager of his father's Paris studio on the Rue d'Anjou in 1874. Their rocky relationship resulted in an estrangement around 1885, although the following year the father and son collaborated on what is believed by scholars to be the first photo-interview. The son was the photographer and the father the interviewer; their subject was 101-year old chemist and color theorist Michel-Eugène Chevreul.

An innovative experimenter throughout his career, Paul Nadar investigated artificial lighting and patented a projection system for animating still pictures; in 1893 he became Eastman Kodak's agent in France.

This exhibition, "From Turkey to Turkistan, 1890", showcases 70 photos taken by Nadar during his trip to the Caucasus and Central Asia in 1890. The photos represent modern prints of his original negatives kept at the photo archives of the French Ministry of Culture.

In 1890, he undertook a long trip which brought him to a World Exhibition in Tashkent, the theme of the ongoing exhibition. He left Paris for Istanbul on a train and crossed the Black Sea. Having reached Batumi, he crosses the Caucasus through Tbilisi and Baku and arrives in Turkistan - present-day Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

He travels the region in two months and takes around 1,200 photos of crowds of people in the bazaars and markets of Asia, the great sandy spaces of deserts, mosques, mausoleums and all the majestic vestiges of the exotic Eastern influences.

Paul Nadar's "photo reportage" is the first in the history of photography. Nadar's work environment, talent and professionalism ensured that Nadar produced high-quality works.

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