William Boyd

William Boyd on the miraculous snaps of boy genius Jacques Henri Lartigue

Lartigue's wonderfully spontaneous photographs of a lost world are far from unwitting clicks of the camera

Lartigue’s older brother Zissou in the pool at the family home Chateau de Rouzat, 1911, photographed when Lartigue was 17. Photographs by Jacques Henri Lartigue © 2020 Ministère de la Culture – France/AAJ HL

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