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© JH Lartigue

60 years of photographies in Deauville

In 1963, painter Jacques Lartigue (1894-1986) became, at the age of 69, Jacques Henri Lartigue, photographer. His first photographic retrospective was presented in France in 1975. In 1979, he donated 200,000 of his prints and negatives to France, which included 60 years of stays in Deauville, between 1906 and 1980.

He discovered Deauville as a child and then regularly came when he was of driving age. His passion for automobiles allowed him to drive to the city, situated a few hours from Paris, to meet many of his acquaintances.

In the 1920s, he made a living by selling paintings and reinforced his relationships with the clients he met in their holiday homes in Cannes, Mégève, Aix les Bains, Biarritz, the coast of Normandy, Le Touquet…

To preserve the memory of these happy moments, he saved these chronicles in photo-albums which he illustrated with his own works.

Throughout the years, Lartigue photographed his lovers – his crazy passion with Marthe Chenal in 1916 -, as well as his friends and family; he either drove or traveled by plane, and followed the events of the summers in Deauville, movie shootings, and spent time with his fellow artists such as Sem, Van Dongen… until 1980, his last year as a faithful spectator of the American Film Festival.

In July and August 2009, the City of Deauville payed tribute to the artist by exhibiting his photographs taken in Deauville on the "Planches" boardwalk.