Jacques Henri Lartigue
GALERIE DU JOUR AGNÈS B.
44 rue Quincampoix
The exhibition features more than a third of the images exhibited have never been shown before, 145 of his most private photographs have been chosen and help answer frequent questions, pay tribute to Lartigue and to his models, and reveal the creative process of this precocious artist, who has produced a really unique body of works.
‘Since I was a child, I’ve been suffering from some kind of disease: all the things that I find wonderful tend to vanish, as my memory is not able to retain them long enough’, Lartigue writes in his journal in 1965.
Wonder and a failing memory, a passion for life and secret wounds caused by the impermanence of things: for 80 years, Lartigue captured and collected thousands of these fleeting moments to reveal their beauty. Holding back the passing of time by keeping these fragile moments, ready to disappear, it is first a narrative, the dream novel of his life. No speculation or intention about the effect to produce, taking pictures comes very naturally to this child prodigy.