Press Release | December 2015
Foam is pleased to present the work of famed French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894 – 1986). Born into a prosperous middle-class family in Paris, Lartigue focused his camera on the carefree existence in and around his own family circle. Lartigue is above all famous for his spectacular photos of car races, aeroplanes and people and animals in motion. But his breath-taking colour photography is less well known. Lartigue, Life in Colour reveals this seldom-seen aspect of his oeuvre.
Lartigue’s legacy encompasses a total of 117,577 black-and-white negatives and colour transparencies, and nearly 40 per cent of his work is in colour. His colour photography began with autochrome images in his youth, and in the 1950s he started using Ektachrome film. The impressive collection spans nearly the entire 20th century, from the first photo he took in 1902 as an eight-year-old boy, to the final image taken in 1986 at the age of 92. He could capture fleeting moments of happiness like no other. Lartigue’s oeuvre offers a light and cheerful perspective on life in France in the early 20th century.
Jacques Henri Lartigue – Life in Colour, can be seen from 22 January – 3 April 2016 at Foam. Foam is open daily 10.00 - 18.00, Thurs/Fri 10.00 – 21.00. Tickets: € 10,00.
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The exhibition has been conceived and produced by the Association des Amis de Jacques Henri Lartigue, Ministère de la Culture, France, known as the Donation Jacques Henri Lartigue, in collaboration with diChroma photography, Madrid.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.
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