Chronology 1894 Mum and Dad, Pont-de-l'Arche, 1902 (print from glass negative 13x18 cm) 13 June, Jacques Lartigue is born in Courbevoie, near Paris, in the home of his parents, Marie Haguet and Henri Lartigue. His older brother, Maurice, nicknamed "Zissou," was born on August 2, 1890. They are considered one of the wealthiest families in France. 1900 Grandma, Mummy, Zissou and me with my camera in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 1903 (photo by Dad) (print from stereoscopic glass negative, 6x13 cm) Jacques Lartigue uses his father’s camera to take his first photos. He starts noting his thoughts and impressions on scraps of paper. This is the beginning of his diary. 1904 Zissou as a Ghost, Châtelguyon July 1905 (print from stereoscopic glass negative 6x13 cm). The cameras given to him by his father are increasingly sophisticated, light and easy to handle. Now he can shoot anything, even in motion. He can also create a three-dimensional effect using a stereoscopic camera (in the years up to 1928, he takes some 5,000 stereoscopic pictures). He learns how to use multiple exposures and photographs “ghosts.” 1905 Zissou's bobsled with wheels, after the bend by the gate, Rouzat, August 1908 (print from glass negative, 4.5 x 6 cm) Henri Lartigue buys the Château de Rouzat near Puy-de-Dôme. His two sons soon take to it as an ideal environment for their games and inventions. 1907 Le ballon dirigeable "Ville de Paris", 1907 (tirage d'après négatif sur verre 4,5x10,7 cm) Fascinated by flying machines, Jacques and Maurice begin to make frequent trips to airfields. They witness the test flights of the first airplanes. 1908 Starting up a "Blériot XI”, Buc, November 1911 (print from glass negative 9x12 cm). Thanks to Jacques’ membership card for the Ligue Aérienne, a club to which all the pilots of the day belong, he is able to photograph such notable early aviators as Garros, Latham, Paulhan, Lefèvre, Farman and Blériot. 1911 <i>Avenue des Acacias<i>, Paris, 1911 (from glass negative 9x12 cm) During the course of his strolls in the Bois de Boulogne, Lartigue photographs the fashionable “élégantes.” 1912 The Paris-Tours automobile race passing through Orléans, 29 September 1912 (print from stereoscopic glass negative 6x13 cm) Lartigue acquires a new stereoscopic camera, a folding Nettel 6x13 which allows him to take panoramic views. His father gives him a Pathé film camera. The following year he sells his first sports films to a newsreel company. 1913 Max Linder, Chamonix (d'après négatif sur verre 6x13 cm) In January, he photographs Santos-Dumont, Graham White and Max Linder at Saint-Moritz. 1915 Suzanne Lenglen in training, Nice, November 1915 (print from stereoscopic glass negative, 6x13 cm) Jacques Lartigue decides to become a painter and attends the Académie Jullian. He photographs Suzanne Lenglen, a 14 year-old tennis champion. 1916 Me and my Pic 16HP Pic, Paris, 1916 (print from flexible negative 9x12 cm) With his racing car (a Pic-Pic 16 HP), he volunteers his services to the military doctors at Paris hospitals. 1917 Bibi, Port de Bourdeau (tirage d’après négatif souple 9x12 cm) May 19: he meets Madeleine Messager, whom he nicknames “Bibi.” 1918 Francis Pigueron, Chamonix ice rink, January 1918 (print from stereoscopic glass negative, 6x13 cm) January: in Chamonix, he takes film footage and still photos of the brother of Ferdinand de Lesseps on his propeller-driven sled. August 3: Germany declares war on France. Jacques Lartigue is deferred from the draft for reasons of health. 1918 Guerre : " La Bertha " tire sur Paris, En sortant de chez Jeanne Renouart, Paris, Mars 1918 (tirage d’après négatif souple 6x9 cm) 11 November: signing of the armistice. Many of the Lartigue family’s friends fall victim to the Spanish flu epidemic. 1919 Bibi, Paris 1921 (from stereoscopic autochrome plate, 6x13 cm) December 17: Jacques Lartigue marries Madeleine Messager. Her father, the composer André Messager, is a former director of the Opéra Comique in Paris, Covent Garden in London and the Paris Opera. 1921 Bibi at the Château de la Garoupe, Cap d'Antibes, 1920 (from stereoscopic autochrome plate, 6x13 cm) His father buys a Hispano-Suiza 32 HP. Jacques makes much use of the car to travel around France. He devotes more and more time to painting: bouquets, gardens and portraits are his favorite themes. He produces his finest autochrome plates in the park of the Château de la Garoupe, on the Côte d'Azur. August 23: birth of his son, Dani. 1922 Jacques henri Lartigue at Le Treyas, Cannes, May 1920 (from flexible negative 6x9 cm) Lartigue exhibits at the Galerie Georges Petit and at several Parisian art salons. This is the beginning of his career as a painter. He meets the colorist Kees Van Dongen. Also at this time, he makes the acquaintance of Maurice Chevalier and the film director Abel Gance, who on several occasions suggests that they work together. This is also the beginning of his friendship with two French stage stars, Sacha Guitry and Yvonne Printemps. 1924 Véronique (un mois) et Bibi, Paris, Février 1924 (tirage d'après négatif sur verre 9x12 cm) Birth of his second child, Véronique. Yvonne Printemps and Sacha Guitry are the godparents. The baby lives only a few months. 1930 Renée, Juan-les-Pins, March 1930 (print from glass negative 9x12 cm) March: Jacques Lartigue meets Renée Perle, a model of Romanian origin. For the next two years she is his companion and his favorite model for paintings and photos. He exhibits once again at the Galerie Georges Petit and at the Salon d’automne. 1932 Jacques Henri Lartigue, Andrée Lorrain, Jacqueline Daix and Doris during the shooting of the film "Les Aventures du roi Pausole", Eden Roc, 1932 (from flexible negative, 9x12 cm) Alexis Granowsky hires Jacques as assistant director for his film "Les Aventures du Roi Pausole", adapted from a novel by Pierre Louÿs. Basically he is a talent and location scout. He chooses the actresses who will play the film’s 150 “queens” and finds the parks and villas where much of the footage will be shot. 1934 Coco, 1934 (print from film negative 9x12 cm) March 12: he marries Marcelle Paolucci, or “Coco”, as she is called. Her father is head electrician at the Cannes and Deauville casinos. 1935 Salle des Ambassadeurs au Casino, premier gala " Fleurs et papillons ", Cannes, Janvier 1935 (d'après négatif souple 9x12 cm) Lartigue has acquired a certain reputation as a painter – and now has to earn a living with his art. Like Van Dongen and Picabia, he offers his services as an interior decorator, working on the galas at the Cannes casino: “Fleurs et Papillons,” “Gala multicolore,” “Grande Duchesse” and “Marché aux fleurs,” etc. His exhibition of portraits (Van Dongen, Sacha Guitry, Marlene Dietrich, Georges Carpentier and Joan Crawford) at the Galerie Jouvène in Marseille is a great success. 1942 Florette, Talloires, September 1943 (from flexible negative, 6x6 cm) Lartigue meets Florette Orméa in Monte Carlo. 1944 American newsreel crew, liberation of Paris, August 1944 (print from flexible negative, 6x6 cm) Paris is liberated: Lartigue takes hundreds of photographs. 1945 Florette, Paris, January 1944 (print from film negative 6x6 cm) August 28: he marries Florette Orméa. The couple divides its time between Paris and Piscop in Val-d'Oise. 1946 Roland Toutain, Cannes, septembre 1947 (tirage d’après négatif souple 6x6 cm) September : Lartigue attends the first Cannes International Film Festival, originally planned for 1939. Long a habitué of the film studios, he becomes an annual fixture at this event. 1950 Florette, Avenue Foch, Avril-Mai 1950 (d'après carte postale) He acquires a Rolleiflex 6x6 and starts taking color shots again, selling a number of photos to the press. 1953 John F. Kennedy, Florette and a friend, at André Dubonnet’s, Cap d'Antibes, 12 August 1953 (print from film negative 6x6 cm, detail) While a guest of André Dubonnet at Cap d'Antibes, he meets a young, little-known American Senator, John F. Kennedy. Ten years later, the issue of Life magazine covering JFK’s assassination also carries the first major article on the photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue. 1954 Florette, Vence, Mai 1954 (tirage d’après négatif souple 6x6 cm) Foundation of the society Gens d'Images with Lartigue as vice-chairman. Albert Plécy publishes Lartigue’s photos in Point de vue et Images du Monde. 1955 Picasso, " La Californie ”, Cannes, Août 1955 (d’après un négatif souple 6x6 cm) A cette époque, Lartigue publie de plus en plus d'images dans la presse illustrée. 1957 Havana, spring 1957 (print from transparency, 6x6 cm) Jacques travels to Havana with Florette for an exhibition of his paintings. Fidel Castro and his guerrillas have just begun their campaign in the Sierra Maestra. Jacques is forced to leave his canvases behind when he journeys on to Mexico and New Orleans. 1960 Opio, Mai 1963 (tirage d’après négatif souple 6x6 cm) Lartigue buys and moves into a house in Opio, near Grasse. 1962 New York, October 1973 (print from flexible negative, 24x36 mm) While in New York, he presents his early 20th-century photos to Charles Rado of the Rapho agency and to John Szarkowski, Director of the Photography Department at the Museum of Modern Art. 1963 John Szarkowski, New York (tirage d'après négatif souple 24x36 mm) Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, entitled The Photographs of Jacques Henri Lartigue. Publication of a portfolio in Life. His reputation as an outstanding photographer has been established. 1969 Hiro photographing three dresses by Courrèges, Paris, January 1969 (print from film negative 24x36 mm) Back in New York, he becomes a friend of the photographers Hiro and Richard Avedon. Publication of his "family album." 1970 Richard Avedon and Jacques Henri Lartigue, New York, November 1966 (photograph taken by Florette) (print from flexible negative, 6x6 cm) Publication of Diary of a Century, designed by the photographer Richard Avedon. This book brings public attention to the photographs taken by Lartigue after 1930. A French edition, Instants de ma vie, comes out in 1973. 1971 “Jour des Drag” at Auteuil racecourse, Paris, 23 June 1911 (print from glass negative, 9x12 cm) Lartigue meets David Hockney and Cecil Beaton in London. Beaton’s costume designs for the film My Fair Lady were inspired by a Lartigue photograph taken in 1911. 1974 Portrait of the President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (print from transparency, 24x36 mm) 26 August :Jacques Henri Lartigue is appointed official photographer to mark Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s seven years as president. 1975 Isabelle Adjani, Guernesey, février 1975 (d’après négatif 24x36 mm) First French retrospective of Lartigue’s work at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris : Lartigue 8x80. Jacques does photo shoots for fashion and decoration magazines. He takes photographs in Guernesey during the filming of "Adèle H" by François Truffaut with Isabelle Adjani. 1979 Federico Fellini pendant le tournage du film " La cité des femmes ", Cinecitta, Rome, 1979 (tirage retouché d’après diapositive couleur 24x36 mm) June 26: Lartigue signs over his entire photographic output to the French government. 1980 Reportage de mode pour Vogue, Château de Versailles, 1980 (tirage d’après un négatif 24x36 mm) The donation is celebrated by an exhibition, Bonjour Monsieur Lartigue, at the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais, Paris. Then it goes on world tour. 1981 Ile de Ré, May-June 1981 (print from transparency, 24x36 mm) Opening of the Jacques Henri Lartigue museum at the Grand Palais, Paris. Lartigue continues to undertake photographic assignments for magazines while pursuing his personal work (portraits, landscapes, flowers and gardens, etc.). 1982 Brumes à Opio, Décembre 1982 (tirage d’après une diapositive 24x36 mm) Lartigue celebrates the eightieth anniversary of his first photograph in 1902. 1986 While I still have a shadow, Opio 1980 (print from film negative, 24x36 mm) September 12: death of Jacques Lartigue in Nice.