From June 8 to August 9, 2016, the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London presents the exhibition The Blink of an Eye with photographs by Jacques Henri Lartigue. The photographer (1894–1986), who took his first photograph in 1900 at the age of six, is renowned for his perfect snapshots of family and friends.
Lartigue was a master of capturing spontaneous moments long before the term 'snapshot' had even been invented. His photographs depict a carefree upper-class existence in France before the first world war and spanning into the 1950s, whereby the war years are barely referenced in this visual legacy. Instead, Lartigue preferred to capture moments of joy: sun-drenched holidays on the French Riviera, fast cars, beautiful promenades and regattas on the Côte d’Azur.
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