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Jacques Henri Lartigue

(French, 1894 - 1986)

huguette sabouret au château des essarts by jacques henri lartigue

Jacques Henri Lartigue

Huguette Sabouret au Château des Essarts, 1942

still life with disembodied hands, fruit, and vase by jacques henri lartigue

Jacques Henri Lartigue

Still Life with Disembodied Hands, Fruit, and Vase, um 1930 - 1930



Born at Courbevoie, France in June
Using his father's camera (and with his help), Jacques Lartigue takes his first photographs.
Henri Lartigue gives Jacques his first camera: a 13 x 18 chamber in wood.
His father continues to give him cameras, which become progressively more sophisticated, lighter and easier to handle. Jacques can now photograph anything (including movement) and, thanks to a stereoscopic camera, can even produce three- dimensional images (taking some 5,000 up to 1928).
At the Sorbonne, he attends the lectures of Marius Aubert, assistant to Gabriel Lippmann who is perfecting a new process of color photography.
Jacques Lartigue adds a new camera to his collection, a Nettel 6 x 13, which will enable him to photograph panoramic views.
He is given a "Pathé" film camera by his father.
Germany declares war on France. Jacques Lartigue's conscription is deferred for health reasons
With ambitions of becoming a painter, Jacques Lartigue enters the Académie Jullian, where he studies under Laurens and Decheneau.
Lartigue puts himself and his racing car (a Pic-Pic 16 hp) at the disposal of the army doctors staffing the hospitals of Paris.


First French retrospective of Lartrigue's work at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris :"Lartigue 8 x 80".
The exhibition entitled "The Photographs of Jacques-Henri Lartigue" at the Museum of Modem Art, New York, launches the artistic career of "Lartigue the photographer". Following the American custom, he adds his father's first name to his own, becoming Jacques-Henri Lartigue.
At the Galerie d'Orsay in Paris, Gens d'Images mounts an exhibition of photographs by Brassaï, Doisneau, Man Ray, and Lartigue.
Exhibits his work at the Georges Petit gallery and in a number of Paris salons.