Cover image for Jacques Henri Lartigue, photographer
Jacques Henri Lartigue, photographer
Lartigue, Jacques-Henri, 1894-1986.
First North American edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 1998.
Physical Description:
xi pages, 126 leaves of plates (some folded) : illustrations ; 29 x 30 cm
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"A Bulfinch Press Book."
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TR653 .L384 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This new monograph on the beloved French photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue provides a fascinating view of the way the world looked at the beginning of the twentieth century through this masters' lens.

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Booklist Review

Given a camera in 1902, Lartigue (1894^-1986) proved to be a photographic child prodigy. Within two years, he was making pictures that remain delightful for how they look as well as what they portray. They are hardly snapshots. Intrigued by motion, young Lartigue caught in action a leaping cat, racing autos, and his teenage cousin seeming to fly down some outdoor steps, despite her long skirt. As a happy, bourgeois child, he wished never to grow up, and as an adult, he avoided the calamities of France in the twentieth century as much as possible. The latest picture in this selection, a 1973 view of a bird just launched in flight, is of a piece with his childhood images. He had kept the joy and freshness of his boyhood, first astonishing the general public with them in 1963 at New York's Museum of Modern Art, and now, in this mounting of 126 images, one per right-hand page or two-page foldout (left pages are blank), doing it again, resplendently. --Ray Olson

Library Journal Review

When French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) was eight, his father gave him a camera. This monograph displays the enchanting images taken by the youthful photographer during the first three decades of the 20th century. Here, 126 striking duotone pictures, with captions by Lartigue himself, portray his privileged lifestyle with family, friends, and the leisure class, including remarkable shots of fashionable women of the belle ‚poque. Fascinated by movement, Lartigue captured people, objects suspended in space, early attempts at aviation and motoring, and athletes pushing the limits of endurance in images containing a carefree exuberance almost unrivaled in photography. Personal tragedies and a world at war are noticeably absent. A short but relevant introduction by Vicki Goldberg, the New York Times photography critic, as well as a chronology and exhibition list complete this delightful dip into the past.ÄJoan Levin, MLS, Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.