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In pictures: Jacques Henri Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Album 1930, Me, Paris, November. © Ministère de la Culture-France/A.A.J.H.L.
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The first major showing in the UK of the acclaimed French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue's magical photographs takes place this summer at the Hayward Gallery.
Jacques Henri Lartigue, My cousin Bichonnade, 40 rue Cortambert, Paris 1905. © Ministère de la Culture-France/A.A.J.H.L.
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From the age of six, Lartigue avidly photographed his family and friends. Enamoured with life, he delighted in using his camera to capture moments of happiness. (Photo: My cousin Bichonnade)
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Album 1944, Florette, Paris, January. © Ministère de la Culture-France/A.A.J.H.L.
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Over the next 85 years he created an extraordinary archive of albums, pictures of fashionable beauties, French high society at play, the Côte d'Azur...
Jacques Henri Lartigue, A.C.F. (Automobile Club de France) Grand Prix, Delage racing car, Dieppe, 26 June 1912. © Ministère de la Culture-France/A.A.J.H.L.
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...motor racing exploits and early experiments in flight.
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Album 1967, London, July. © Ministère de la Culture-France/A.A.J.H.L.
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Lartigue photographed them all with breathtaking ease, spontaneity and vitality, revealing himself as an innocent modernist and an innate genius with the camera.
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Album 1920, [Bibi, Honeymoon at the Hôtel des Alpes, Chamonix]. © Ministère de la Culture-France/A.A.J.H.L
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Some of Lartigue's most captivating images are of sensationally stylish ladies through the ages, including his three wives and his lovers.
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Avenue du Bois, 1911. © Ministère de la Culture-France/A.A.J.H.L
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Although he exhibited with fellow photographers such as Brassaï, and Man Ray, Lartigue found international fame only in his late sixties when his first solo exhibition opened to rave reviews at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1963.
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, 1911. © Ministère de la Culture-France/A.A.J.H.L.
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An unfailingly curious amateur, he experimented with all the available photographic techniques, from stereoscopic images and autochromes to multiple exposures, meticulously arranging his several thousand images in large albums.
Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, Hendaye, August 1927. © Ministère de la Culture-France/A.A.J.H.L.
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In 1979 Lartigue donated his entire photographic collection to the French state, which later formed the Donation Jacques Henri Lartigue. He died in Nice in 1986. The exhibition is open from 24 June - 5 September 2004.

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