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Jacques Henri Lartigue

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PhotoUtopia Intro: Lartigue had a veracious appetite for photography, from stereograms, through early colour to sports and fashion photography. His work is often playful and exuberant. A man of wealth and time, he hung around those with the same and photographed the rich a play, be they relaxing on the beaches of the Rivera or racing cars. Lartigue is often referred to as an amateur, but his portfolio, has some moments of real style and talent that goes far beyond that label. Lartigue’s work is not well represented on the web (internet), I can say that his work is far broader, classier and more inspirational than is often credited. His collections sell well in the private galleries around the world, so if you like his work, you will have to go to a bookshop or library to see more.

Wikipedia*Jacques Henri Lartigue (June 13, 1894 – September 12, 1986), was a French photographer and painter.
Born in Courbevoie (a city outside of Paris) to a wealthy family, he is most famous for his stunning photos of automobile races, planes and fashionable Parisian women from the turn of the century.

He started taking photos when he was 6, his subject matter being primarily his own life and the people and activities in it.

"He is essentially the gifted amateur. He has got access to all the best equipment, the state art equipment, he has a father who is passionate about photography, he is a subscriber to all of these magazines – he's just got all the advantages. But he is also, throughout his entire life, you understand this about him - that he understands the look of the world at any given moment; he understands how things look; how women look at a certain period in time; and how to capture the essence of that moment, whatever form that's in." Kevin Moore (Lartigue biographer)

Other site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/photography/genius/gallery/lartigue.shtml
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