Lartigue came from a very wealthy French family, a very loving, if slightly eccentric family. His father gave him a camera when he was six, and he was hooked, taking photos over the coming decades up to his death in 1986.
He was fascinated with flight and speed, and took photos of racing cars and early flights. But it’s his delightful family photos that particularly entranced me. The sense of joy and playfulness is really strong through all the photos.
The other set of photos that intrigued me were those of society ladies, with elaborate hats. It’s such a contrast to our current casual society.
Lartigue kept copious diaries and albums of his work, some are shown in this filmclip (Dutch only). If he were alive now, he’d be a blogger.