Before Instagram, there was Autochrome.
  1. Jacques Henri Lartigue was born to a wealthy French family in 1894.
    For the next eight decades, he documented his enchanted life of travel, beauty, and wonder.
  2. When he was 69, he was offered an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
    While his black-and-white photos first caught the curator’s eye, Lartigue’s work in color is also spectacular.
  3. More than 100 never-before-seen photographs can be found in “Lartigue: Life in Color”, collected by Martine d’Astier and Martine Ravache.
  4. Lartigue began making color prints in 1912, using the newly invented Autochrome plates.
    It was difficult to capture movement, so he stopped in 1927.
  5. In the 1950s, when technology improved, Lartigue began shooting in color again.
  6. He captured whimsical afternoons with Pablo Picasso and other famous artists.
  7. He also loved to use his wife as a model.
  8. Lartigue believed color photography could speak to the soul.
  9. “As long as it’s neither too harsh nor too sharp, color photography seems to me, because of a certain blurriness, to be best able to express charm and poetry. A poetry that can very well accommodate a sense of humor.”
  10. Lartigue lived a charmed life, and he savored every moment of it.
    “It’s a matter of taste. I personally prefer to be happy and smiling than sad and fearful.”