Jacques Henri Lartigue was born in Courbevoie on June 13, 1894. He took his first photographs at the age of six, using his father’s camera, and started keeping what would become a lifelong diary.
In 1904 he began making photographs and drawings of family games and childhood experiences, also capturing the beginnings of aviation and cars and the smart women of the Bois de Boulogne as well as society and sporting events.
Lartigue is best known for his black-and-white photographs of the European chic set at play on the Riviera, in the Alps, in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. But he shot in color a lot, too—some 40 percent of the 111,000 negatives on file at the Lartigue foundation, as it turns out. He used Autochrome throughout the 1920s, when he was busily snapping photos of his first wife, Bibi, and their friends holidaying on the Côte d’Azur.