The artist spins.

by Self-Portrait of the Artist

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This scary self-portrait of the inventor of aerial photography Félix Nadar was actually shot in front of a backcloth in his Paris studio in the 1860’s — You can see the trick in the picture below, with his wife Ernestine.

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Still, the man is great. In addition to designing his own balloon, inspiring Jules Verne, and hosting the first exhibition of the Impressionists, Nadar pioneered artificially lit photography and pictured a number of contemporary celebrities (writers, actresses, painters) as well as a bunch of the earliest erotic nudes.

He also shot the series Autoportrait tournant, revolving self-portrait (ca. 1865), probably punning on his real surname Tournachon. His face as he spins is nonpareil.

Nadar Autoportrait Tournant (anim)

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