Clth, 11.5 x 11.5 in. / 272 pgs / 170 color.
Pub Date 10/31/2013
Catalog: FALL 2013 p. 19
ISBN 9782330016111 TRADE
List Price: $75.00 CDN $99.00
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, 07/01/13-09/22/13
The exuberance of play: sport in the early twentieth century.
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Jacques Henri Lartigue: A Sporting Life
Preface by Anne-Marie Garat. Text by Thierry Terret.
Jacques Henri Lartigue was fascinated by the ascent of sport in the early twentieth century as a fashionable pastime for the middle classes, and was himself a keen sportsman. Lartigue’s entirely unposed photographs, presented album-style in this gorgeous, luxurious and delightful volume, capture both the joyous exuberance of amateur sports--racing, skiing, tennis, gymnastics, hang gliding--and the particular character of its popularity in the first half of the twentieth century. Lartigue is an absolute master at conveying the dynamism of the human body at play--the peculiar shapes it can contort into, and the gestures that can express anything from easy nonchalance to fierce focus. These photographs also serve as a historical catalogue of the paraphernalia and smart casual clothing associated with each sport. A Sporting Life is divided into five themed chapters: “The Sportsman,” “Taking the Air,” “Training,” “Women and Children” and “Sport as Spectacle.” Here, we witness how sports were transforming social relations, introducing new opportunities for expression, especially across gender lines. In an essay, historian Thierry Terret reveals the complexity of Lartigue’s technical approach to photography, and looks at the issues surrounding the rise of sport in its modern incarnation as a leisure pursuit and as commerce. In a preface, novelist Anne-Marie Garat (whose own narratives often feature the themes of photography and family) provides a personal perspective on Lartigue’s sports photography, also exploring the role played by sport in the development of photography itself. The book is copublished with Hermès, in celebration of its 2013 sports theme.
Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894–1986) was a French photographer and painter, most famous for his photographs of the leisure activities of France’s middle and upper classes. An avid photographer from the age of seven, Lartigue gained fame for his photo albums, which provide a comprehensive chronicle of the twentieth century in France and abroad, and for his official portraits.
Featured image is reproduced from Jacques Henri Lartigue: A Sporting Life.
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All his sports images have an uncommon poetry to them—beautifully framed, yet focused on the action.
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AVERY LOZADA | DATE 10/1/2013
Jacques Henri Lartigue is best known for his photographs of automobile races and upper-class leisure in early twentieth-century France, and for the 120 photo albums in which he arranged his images. The oversize square format of A Sporting Life is inspired by these captivating albums, as are the embossed photographs inside, which are accompanied by Lartigue's handwritten captions and tipped-in excerpts from his charming diaries. The earliest photos date back to the early 1900s—depicting the first cars, the first planes—and while some famous sporting events are included, mostly Lartigue portrays his friends and family at leisure, swimming in the lake at their country houses, performing cartwheels in the sand at the beach, or ice skating (often in wonderful clothing!). Featured image is captioned, "Suzy Vernon, Royan, September 1926." continue to blog
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