Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986)


September 9 - December 16, 2011
Opening: Fri, September 9, 2011, 6pm-9pm

The Galerie Berinson is showing the oeuvre of the world-famous photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue for the first time in Berlin.

Lartigue shaped our image of the Belle Époque more keenly than any other photographer. The world of automobile racing, elegant ladies, and the carefree life of the French bourgeoisie are irrevocably entwined with his photographic oeuvre.

Until his first solo exhibition took place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in 1963, his work was known only to a few connoisseurs. After that, Lartigue’s photographs are being rediscovered and published in fashion magazines, and have sent a wave of nostalgia rippling through the international scene of haute couture. The first European exhibition, “Women, Fashion & Lifestyle” took place in 1966 at the photokina in Cologne, under the aegis of L. Fritz Gruber.

The Galerie Berinson is presently showing a unique range of work, created in preparation for the photokina exhibition of 1966. Lartigue was personally involved in crafting the concept for the exhibition. He produced large-format prints for the occasion, in close collaboration with Pierre Gassmann, the renowned printer who worked also with such famous names as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Maurice Tabard, and Man Ray. Galerie Berinson’s presentation of 36 photographs sourced from production material held by the photokina curators is a premiere.

Press Reviews:

• Tagesspiegel:

‘Rasender Blick. Der Fotograf Jacques Henri Lartigue feiert seine späte Berlin-Premiere’ by Michael Zajonz
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• Handelsblatt:

‘Lichtblicke der Zeitgenössischen Fotokunst. Die Kunst des Sehens mit den Augen eines 13-Jährigen’ by Christiane Fricke
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‘Das Beste im Handel. Zeitgenössische Fotokunst lockt die Sammler’ by Christiane Fricke
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• art, Das Kunstmagazin:
‘Lebemann mit Kamera’ by Petra Bosetti
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• KUNST Magazin:
‘Bilder der Belle Epoque: Jacques-Henri Lartigue’ by Julia Schmitz
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