Jacques Henri Lartigue

BIOGRAPHY

1894-1986

A French painter and photographer, Jacques Henri-Lartigue was born into a prosperous family. At age seven, he was given a Brownie camera. From the beginning, his photographs were invariably informal shots of everyday subjects. In the 1910s and '20s Lartigue enthusiastically photographed subjects such as automobile races, fashionable ladies at the seashore and the park, and kite flying. These photographs reveal his free spirit and love of life, rather than a concern for photographic technique and craft, and often capture a sense of movement. When his work was discovered in the 1960s, it was acclaimed for its departure from formal, posed portraits and for its ingenuous charm and beguiling spontaneity.