Jacques Henri Lartigue - 1977


Jacques Henri Lartigue  (b.June 13, 1894 – September 12, 1986) shot by Duffy in Antibes, South of France 1977. Lartigue was a French photographer. his father introduced him to photography, gifting him a camera in 1902. Lartigue began to document his childhood and went on to take his best-known images of automobile races and early aviation. By 1915 Lartigue began to pursue a successful career in painting. It was not until the 1950's that his photography became recognised. During a trip to New York Lartigue was introduced to John Szarkowski who directed the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art. One year later in 1963, the first-ever exhibition of  Lartigue's work went on display over 60 years since he first picked up a camera. The exhibition re-launched his photographic career. Lartigue is pictured here aged 83 years old.

He continued taking photographs, painting, and writing until his death in Nice on September 12, 1986, at the age of 92 and left behind more than 100,000 photographs, 7,000 diary pages, and 1,500 paintings.

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