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People of Baku in 1890-1891

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).

In 1890 Nadar made a long trip from Turkey to Turkestan where his purpose was the representation of photos at the International Exhibition in Tashkent.

Having left Paris, 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, among which were portraits of women, men and children in Baku. Check them out below.

For Nadar’s other photos of Baku (monuments, landscapes, constructions, etc), see this gallery.

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photobaku • December 29, 2014


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