“Since I was little, I’ve had sort of an disease: my memory was never able to hold on to anything that amazed me,” Lartigue wrote in his diary in 1965. That was all the incentive he needed to start accumulating and collecting, from the age of eight and over the next eighty years, thousands of fleeting moments. It wasn’t until 1963 that Jacques Henri Lartigue—already aged sixty-nine—had his first exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, showcasing forty-three of over 100,000 pictures he had taken throughout his life. That same year, Life Magazine featured a portfolio of...
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