color in all its candor

I came across a fabulous book at Madison Arts Exchange - Lartigue:  Life In Color.

In all my study of photography, I had somehow never heard of Lartigue.

Here's a little introduction.

Jacque Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) was the best-known "amateur" in the history of photography. He made tens of thousands of images and was completely unknown as a photographer until he walked into the Museum of Modern Art when when he was in his sixties on a visit to New York and was offered an exhibition on the spot. He soon became famous for black-and-white work that was irresistibly warm and engaging.

By the 1950s when techniques had improved, Lartigue returned to color photography. His color photographs, reproduced in the book for the first time, present these images - fresh, charming, personal and vibrant - the French countryside, the women in his life, famous friends, and glimpses from his travels.

I fell in love with every page.

The photographer . . . has to leap at what chance offers him; he has to intercept the rare opportunity, run to the best position, choose the best angle . . . if he has time. Because the golden rule is ‘do quickly.’ And so framing, composition, focus. . . no time to ask yourself too many questions: All you can do is turn to your personal intuition and to the vivacity of your reflexes!
— Jacque Henri Lartigue, Mon Livre de Photographie
grand romantic gesture

grand romantic gesture