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Arles 2013: Jacques Henri Lartigue


An amateur of genius endowed with precocious talent, Jacques Henri Lartigue was discovered and made famous in the United States in 1963, when he was 69 years old. This American perspective focused on the early years of his work, shots of the Belle Epoque the young Lartigue succeeded in rendering in a way no one else could. His stunning shots of the élégantes of the Avenue of the Bois de Boulogne, the early days of the automobile and aviation and sporting activities became the basis for his fame and made him a prisoner . 
However there is so much more to his œuvre. A vibrant mirror of the life of this man, it not only engages us in wonder but also demands our close and careful attention.

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