Diary of a Century. Jacques Henri Lartigue

Diary of a Century. Jacques Henri Lartigue
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Jacques Henri Lartigue. Edited by Richard Avedon. Designed by Bea Feitler.

London. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 1970. Hardback, dust jacket. Unpaginated [c. 200 pages]. Illustrated throughout with Lartigue's b&w photographs. 340 x 265mm (13 x 10"). 2.15kg. 297002090. English. Fine; very light browning to dust jacket, no tears or inscriptions, not price-clipped, an excellent copy.

Jacques Henri Lartigue is arguably one of the greatest amateur photographers of the twentieth-century. By trade he was a painter but throughout his life he kept up a written and visual diary containing photographs and snapshots which captured his family, France and the French people. In 1963 there was a major exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and since then Lartigue's photos have held a major place in photographic history. 'For this book the famous photographer Richard Avedon has gone through the thousands of pictures in Lartigue's seventy-year collection, selecting those that best document the visual changes of the twentieth century. The text consists of the most interesting episodes drawn from Lartigue's lifelong diary. Interspersed throughout this family album of Lartigue's casual pictures of such contemporary personalities as Colette, Maurice Chavalier, Suzanne Lenglen, Van Dongen, Yvonne Printemps, Sacha Guitry, Vuillard, and Picasso.' (from the blurb).