“I do photographs to record moments of wonder, excitement, interesting people… I want to catch time. It’s an obsession with catching time as it passes.”
Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894 – 1986) is one of the great photographers of the 20th century. Though started as early as six years of age, he gained his fame in this field at the age of 69 after a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He rapidly became one of the most famous photographers but still is mostly best known for his black and white works.
However, Jacques Lartigue shoot also in colour. Actually among the legacy of 117,000 photographs, he donated to the French nation, almost one third are in colour. His color photography could be separated in 2 different periods. The first was his use of Autochrome from 1911-1926 which satisfied his painterly interests, but the process couldn’t allow him to capture a sense of movement, “something marvellous that happens in a split-second”. With the technical progress in the mid 1950’s he was finally able to seize in colour snapshots the moments of enthusiasm, delight and joy he was chasing his whole life and created an astonishing body of works.