Aug 22, 2007

Man on a Horse

Man on a Horse

c. 1860s

Nadar

(French, 1820-1910)

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

Image: 17 x 22.3 cm (6 11/16 x 8 3/4 in.); Matted: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.)

Gift of Robert Hershkowitz and Charles Isaacs 1996.336

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During 1860-61, Nadar tried his hand at equestrian photography, probably while waiting for the completion of his new, elaborate studio on the Boulevard des Capuchins. In this rare example of the theme, Nadar carefully positioned and lit his subject—an unidentified, elegantly dressed gentleman on horseback—in front of a painted backdrop decorated with a walled garden scene. The two remained motionless just long enough for the wet collodion negative to render a sharply defined image.

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