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© JH Lartigue

60 years of photography in Deauville

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

He discovered Deauville, a child, before coming back very frequently as soon as he was old enough to drive. He then joined, with the cars that fascinated him, a few hours' drive from Paris, a destination frequented by those he enjoyed finding.

In the 20s, he made a living with his paintings and strengthened his relations with his clients, whom he joined on their holiday resorts: Cannes, Megève, Aix les Bains, Royan, Biarritz, the Normandy coast, Le Touquet, etc.

To preserve the memory of his happy moments, he records this chronicle in souvenir albums which he illustrates with his photographs.

Over the years, Lartigue photographed his lovers - his crazy passion with Marthe Chenal in 1916 - his relatives; he travels by car or airplane, he follows the events of the Deauvillais summers, a film shoot, happy moments shared with his family and his artist friends: Sem, Van Dongen, ... until 1980, year of the last stay as loyal spectator of the American Film Festival.

The City of Deauville paid tribute to him in July and August 2009 exhibited