Soft Cover, German, Thread Stitching, 128 Pages, 2001
Photography is the visual medium of the modern world. It pervades our lives and shapes our perceptions. 55 is a new and ongoing series of beautifully produced, pocket-sized books that explore all aspects and styles of photography. They celebrate the world's most important photographers from the spheres of art, photojournalism, science, street photography, fashion photography and travel photography.
Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, 1820-1910) was the most influential photographer of his generation, often cited as the first to raise the medium of photography to the level of art. He is perhaps most famous for his series of outstanding portraits made between the mid 1850s and the 1870s, in which he created a lasting and affecting image of the French cultural élite. His concentration on faces and his romantic glorification of the individual were crucial elements in his highly successful style.