Saturday, June 13, 2015

Birthday: Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986)

French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue is one of the most amazingly precocious artists in history; he was taking photographs that are now part of the history of the medium from the age of six on. Very few children can report on what it is like to see with a child's eye, but Lartigue could, and the pictures are irresistible, such as My Hydroglider with Propeller, above, shot when he was around age ten.

Lartigue continued as a tremendous photographer throughout his life, and overall has to be considered as one of the most delightful creators of the 20th Century in any medium. I smile just thinking about him. It is entirely unsurprising that Wes Anderson is a huge fan of his work. 

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