Autochromes Lumière


Friends in Photography and Film-Making

"Those who do not believe in friendship are unworthy of having friends, as they would deprive themselves of the feeling of recognition." Antoine Lumière, on the occasion of a banquet given in his honour in Lyon, 19 November 1906

The Friend of Heart
Félix Tournachon Félix Tournachon
Tournachon (Nadar), Gaspard-Félix, man of letters, painter, caricaturist, photographer, b: Paris, April 5, 1820 - d: ibid. March 21, 1910

, known by the pseudonym of Nadar, was one of the most famous photographers of the 19th century, but also a caricaturist, painter, portrait artist, aéronaute [hot-air balloonist] and man of letters. In September 1861, he opened an immense photography workshop at 35 boulevard des Capucines, in Paris. All the world spoke of his sign, lighted by gas, designed by a young painter: Antoine Lumière. He pursued his activities in some more modest workshops beginning in 1871, then at Marseille in 1895. In 1897, he was photographed at the Société française de photographie in the company of Lumière, Bourguignon, Mariani and Silvestre. His correspondences correspondences
Nadar's correspondences are conserved at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in the NAF collection

with Antoine Lumière clearly establishes their close relations. Both were closely tied to  Frédéric Mistral, a resident of Maillane (Bouches-du-Rhône). Nadar would die in 1910, having refused all decoration. He rests today at the Père Lachaise cemetery of Paris.

 The Man of Confidence
Educated in the arts and sciences, Georges Balagny Georges Balagny
Balagny, Georges Auguste, inventor, photographic chemist, b: Paris-Batignolles, February 16, 1839 - d: Paris 17e, December 15, 1919

was a notary clerk, following in the footsteps of his father. His passion for photography pushed him to specialise in the domain of photographic chemicals. All at once, he became an inventor, a photographer, and a manufacturer of photographic plates and papers.  Author of works on dry collodion and emulsions, he contributed greatly to the introduction of supple Belgian papers (of which he was one of the finest producers) to the French market. Amongst his many functions, Georges Balagny was granted the presidency of the Société d'études photographiques française. In 1885, some relations, professional as well as personal, were established with the family Lumière when he became one of the most faithful confidants of Antoine. Naturally, the houses of Balagny and Lumière established some privileged exchanges within the domains of industry and finance.

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