Lartigue: Album of a Century

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Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894–1986) took his first photograph using his father's camera when he was six years old, and thus precociously began to create what would become an enduring record of 20th-century French life. Lartigue's charming images depict the intimacies of family, the style and panache of the Belle Époque and the Parisian haut monde, the novelty of aviation and motoring in their infancy, and the vagaries of street life. Arranged into large albums, his several thousand photographs form a visual diary,...
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Overview

Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894–1986) took his first photograph using his father's camera when he was six years old, and thus precociously began to create what would become an enduring record of 20th-century French life. Lartigue's charming images depict the intimacies of family, the style and panache of the Belle Époque and the Parisian haut monde, the novelty of aviation and motoring in their infancy, and the vagaries of street life. Arranged into large albums, his several thousand photographs form a visual diary, as well as one of the major achievements of modern photography. As Lartigue approached his 80th birthday, he donated his entire collection of albums, prints, and negatives to the French State.This beautiful book, the most comprehensive ever published on the artist, reproduces facsimile pages from the albums—ranging from the earliest family heirlooms to the last photographs he created before his death—and includes six essays about various aspects of his art. Produced to accompany a major retrospective of Lartigue's work that will open at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and later travel to the United States, the book brings new attention to one of the great masters of photography.

Author Bio: Alain Sayag is a curator in the photography department at the Centre Pompidou. He has written books on Man Ray and Brassaï. Quentin Bajac is a curator in the photography department at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Martine d'Astier is the director of the Donation Jacques Henri Lartigue. Clément Chéroux is a historian of photography, assistant editor-in-chief of the magazine Photographic Studies, and scientific advisor to the Musée Nicéphore Niépce. Maryse Cordesse is the president of the Association of the Friends of Jacques Henri Lartigue. Kevin Moore earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University, where he wrote his doctoral thesis on Lartigue. He now works as a research associate at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University.

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The Washington Post
… what this volume, which features selections from Lartigue's numerous family albums, reveals is how long he kept on taking pictures (he died in 1986) and how much he accomplished, a body of work that includes photos of early experiments in aviation, portraits of Picasso and Richard Avedon, and reportage from the barricades during the Liberation of Paris. — Francine Prose
Library Journal
Those familiar with the work of Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) know that he began photographing at age six, that his best-known images depict French society during the belle epoque (the years immediately before World War I), and that he loved using photography to freeze the exuberant, joyful motion of his friends and family swimming, playing tennis, racing motorcars, or hurling aloft flying machines. Lartigue was introduced to the American public by Museum of Modern Art curator John Szarkowski in 1963, but his photographs were presented out of their original context, as isolated images displayed on the blank walls of a museum. This beautifully produced catalog returns the images to their original setting: part family album, part highly original and idiosyncratic diary. Accompanying an exhibit organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, it includes more than 300 pages from the photographer's albums, intelligent and informative autobiographical/critical essays, detailed captions, a bibliography, and an exhibition checklist. Those only mildly interested in photography will be thrilled and charmed by these images, while those interested in studying Lartigue's contribution to the medium will find valuable source material. For all libraries.-Michael Dashkin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810946200
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 13.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface / Foreword
A Free and Innocent Eye
Jacques Henri Lartigue: The Memory of the Instant
The Autobiographical Enterprise: The Invention of Heaven
The Magical Games of Lartigue: Photography - Painting - Writing
The Critical Fortune of Lartigue
The Donation Jacques Henri Lartigue
Biography and Captions
Bibliography
Filmography
Exhibition History
Acknowledgments
Photograph Credits
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