Jacques-Henry Lartigue: Frozen in Time

This photograph illustrates Lartigue’s principal photographic interest: the camera’s ability to freeze time. By the early 20th century, portable cameras had become commonplace, thanks in part to Kodak’s famous, hand-held ‘Brownie’ camera. Although he did not use a Brownie himself, Lartique, and other photographers of his time, took advantage of the faster shutter-speeds that enabled these cameras to be hand-held, and used them to make images that had not been possible before. They were suddenly able to become masters of time and movement. Lartigue’s photographs capture his wealthy friends and family at leisure, and so have become significant social documents of his class and era.

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