1 / 7       Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bibi, Marseille, 1928. © Ministère de la Culture - France / AAJHL.
2 / 7       Jacques Henri Lartigue, Le jour des Drags, Auteuil 1911. © Ministère de la Culture - France / AAJH.
3 / 7       Jacques Henri Lartigue, Bichonnade, Paris, 1905. © Ministère de la Culture - France / AAJHL.
4 / 7       Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée, Biarritz ,1930. © Ministère de la Culture - France / AAJHL.
5 / 7       Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renée à Eden Roc, August 1931. © Ministère de la Culture - France / AAJHL.
6 / 7       Jacques Henri Lartigue, Picasso, Cannes, August 1955.
7 / 7       Jacques Henri Lartigue, Pendant que j’ai encore une ombre, Opio, 1980. © Ministère de la Culture - France / AAJHL.

At the Origin of Contemporary Photography

The city of Turin celebrates Jacques Henri Lartigue with a big retrospective exhibition organized by MEF - Museo Ettore Fico in collaboration with the Donation Jacques Henri Lartigue, the Association des Amis de Jacques Henri Lartigue and the Ministère de la Culture (France). The exhibition arises from 130 of Lartigue’s original albums and shows a selection of 186 works that retraces the evolution of his unique and undisputed French talent, born in 1894 at Courbevoie and officially recognised only late in his life, when he was 69 years old.
Only discovered in 1962 by John Szarkowski – then a young curator of the Department of Photography at New York’s MoMa − and at the same time by a master such as Richard Avedon, after his first important solo exhibition at the MoMa, Lartigue became one of the cornerstones of world photography. His pictures, which he had taken since 1902 at the age of eight and he had minutely archived in several albums as important traces of his personal memory, are recognized today as a precious historical, social and cultural witness of the XX century. «The models in JHL’s pictures, such as planes, cars, his family, all of them always on the move, highlight the aspirations to modernity of the European continent which frantically thrusts itself towards the dynamic evolution of progress.» – writes the curator of the exhibition Andrea Busto, who adds – «His transversal shots, like the oblong cuts of his photographic formats, reveal some taste for pictorialism, which is not ersatz painting, but it is the autonomous expression of the sensibility of an independent artist who develops a brand new language through a personal alphabet and in tune with his times, if not anticipating them».
The exhibition itinerary set up at the MEF therefore proposes 136 large-size prints and 50 pages from albums dating from 1912 to 1922, which allow the visitor to admire the photographs in their original context. An out-and-out anthological compendium of the artist’s work, where all the themes he loved most are displayed: from the first photographs of the 1910s where familiar subjects are more recurrent, to the portraits of family friends who become the inventors of quite strange machines, to those of plane pilots and car drivers and of the natural power of the sea and the wind.
This selection well symbolizes the history of the 20th century and the origins of contemporary photography.

Jacques Henri Lartigue. At the Origin of Contemporary Photography
MEF - Museo Ettore Fico, via Francesco Cigna, 114 - Turin (Italy)
21 February – 21 June 2015

opening times: from Wednesday to Friday, 2 pm - 7 pm | Saturday, 11 am - 10 pm | Sunday, 11 am - 7 pm | closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
admission fee: normal price ticket € 10,00 | reduced-price ticket € 8,00 for seniors over 65, teachers, organizations with special agreements | reduced-price ticket € 5,00 for 13-26 years and groups (min. 6 people) | Free children under 12, accredited journalists, visitors with disability and carer
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published on 2015-03-17 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS



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