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Jacques Henri Lartigue: The Boy Who Never Grew Up
Saturday, 7th March 2009
8pm to 8:30pm
Shown as a part of BBC4's Photographers night, this documentary presented by the travel writer and photographer, Nick Danziger, tells the story of the French photographer, Jacques Henri Lartigue.
Lartigue spent the majority of his life not being a photographer. He was a moderately talented and fairly successful painter, and this is how he made his living for most of his adult life. His genius however lay elsewhere, and that was in a remarkable portfolio of 120 albums of photographs that he'd taken from as young as the age of 8. These documented the simple things around him in his life - family, friends, his hobbies of cycling and motorsport - but did so with both a captivating innocence and a strong sense of motion and vigour in the images.
It was serendipitous meeting with Charles Rado of the Rapho picture agency in 1962 when Lartigue was 68 that led to his discovery as a brilliant photographer. Rado introduced Lartigue to John Szarkowski the then curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, who in turn arranged for an exhibition of his work at the museum. On the strength of this his career as a photographer was launched, and he was commissioned to produce many photospreads for likes of Life and other magazines. Culminating ultimately in being commissioned to produce the official portrait of the then newly elected French President, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.
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Duration: 00:29:11 (43,764 fr)
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