Paul Nadar’s amazing photos of Baku in 1890-91
Paul Nadar was born in Paris in 1856, in the family of a famous photographer Gaspard-Felix Tournachon who became world famous under the nickname of Nadar thanks to his gallery of portraits of great people (writers, actors, politicians, philosophers and thinkers of the 19th century).
Since 1874 Paul Nadar has worked in his father’s studio where he continued developing his craft in the sphere of portrait. In 1890 he made a long trip from Turkey to Turkestan where his purpose was the representation of photos at the International Exhibition in Tashkent. The result of the trip became one of the first “big reporting” in the history of photo.
Having left Paris, on August, 18th Paul Nadar arrived to Istanbul by Oriental Express; he crossed Caucasus through Tbilisi and Baku, and then reached territories of Russian Turkestan, the territory of nowadays Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
He went round region within two months, by train, by horse, and brought about 1200 negatives which represent daily routine, monuments, landscapes, construction of the railway and more.
Below are some photos that Nadar took in Baku, during his trip. You can also check this gallery for Nadar’s portrait photos of people living in Baku at that time.