The Lartigue Hoax?


Classic photographers

“Taking pictures is, in many ways, a kind of performance, and a camera is more like a musical instrument than a paintbrush or a pen. So, looking at a Lartigue print is very much like beholding, say, one of those brilliant child soul singers who come along every so often. You know they can’t possibly have the wisdom that their work suggests, but it doesn’t seem to matter. The miracle of such artists isn’t a question of intuitive technique, for as I say, that’s a contradiction in terms. But neither is it simply an illusion. It’s something altogether astonishing and inexplicable, an expertise beyond experience, and sometimes all you can do is stand back and admire it.” - Jim Lewis in a review of a a book about Jacques Henri Lartigue