Lartigue in Tokyo


The exhibition “Jacques Henri Lartigue – the World’s Greatest Amateur Photographer” from November 3, 2015, to February 1, 2016, presents 25 images taken between 1900 and 1920 by perhaps the best-known “amateur” in the history of photography, whose works express the excitement, gaiety and allure of the belle époque; their freshness and authenticity inspired many […]

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J.H. Lartigue: In 3D and in color, 2/2

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At the age of 17, to his great excitement, Lartigue color photography, first through the technique invented by Lippmann, and later through the technique placed on the market by the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière- “Monsieur Aubert [my math teacher] showed me a color photo! I nearly became dizzy thinking about my photos. If only […]

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J.H. Lartigue: In 3D and in color, 1/2


To capture reality, Lartigue had two techniques at his disposal: stereoscopy, which recreates the illusion of depth using a camera with two separate lenses; and later, for color, Autochrome plates, on the market as of 1907. In 1902, Lartigue’s father, a keen amateur photographer, lent his eight-year-old son a Gaumont Stereo-Spido camera that used 6 […]

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Lartigue, Life in Color


Lartigue, Life in Color
The exhibition “Life in Color” at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris closed its doors on August 23, 2015.
Organized in five sequences, it brings together 128 framed photographs and numerous documents in vitrines, as well as a 3D projection of Lartigue’s Autochromes.
Co-curated by Martine d’Astier and Martine Ravache, this exhibition reveals an exceptional and little-known aspect of Jacques Henri Lartigue’s work: until now, the majority of his color photographs have never been seen, although they represent nearly 40% of the 117,577 black-and-white negatives and color positives conserved by the Donation JH Lartigue.
“For me,” said Lartigue, “life and color are not dissociable.” Since no color prints exist from the period, other than those that Lartigue glued into his albums (and the few that remain are in poor condition), the prints on display were printed specially for the exhibition from the original positives (6×6 cm and 24×36 mm), some of which are damaged. Digitally restored and scanned at high resolution, they were presented in the form of pigment prints.
In programming this exhibition, Jean-Luc Monterosso, Director of the M.E.P., honored his promise to Florette Lartigue before her death, to show Lartigue’s works. The exhibition welcomed more than 45,354 visitors, on average more than 1,000 per day. It will be presented in 2016 at the Foam Museum in Amsterdam from April 8 to June 8 before traveling to other venues in France and Europe. An English edition of the catalogue “Lartigue, la vie en couleurs” (Seuil, 2015). will be published by Abrams in 2016.

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La vie au Grand Air at the Epoch Art Museum, Wenzhou, China


From October 1st to October 30, 2015, this exhibition, curated by Duan Yuting and Martine d’Astier, presents 52 images chosen from the 135 original, large-format, 52-x-36cm albums by Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986). Born in 1984 into a wealthy family of the Parisian bourgeoisie, Lartigue enjoyed a carefree existence from childhood. He never went to school, […]

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