Les Femmes. J.H. Lartigue. With a preface from his diaries and afterword with notes, 'The Cameras I Have Used'. E. P. Dutton & Company, New York, 1974. 127 pp. Small quarto. First American edition. INSCRIBED ON THE TITLE-PAGE TO PIONEERING PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERIST LEE WITKIN: "Pour Lee / de son ami / JAC" followed by a drawing of the sun and an arrow back to his printed name. (Small label reading 'Personal Estate of Lee D. Witkin' at bottom edge front pastedown.) Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Gravure and color reproductions. Includes notes to plates.
Jacque Henri Lartigue, photography's child prodigy, began photographing women at the age of six. This book, his homage to women, is a collection of one hundred and one of his images taken between 1903 and 1973. To say that Lartigue brings a Frenchman's sensibility to his observations of women is a bit of an understatement: his images that display glamour, grace, and whimsy. This volume is beautifully printed in France in black-and-white gravure and color (some of Lartigue's early images were done in the autochrome process). Books signed or inscribed by Lartigue are uncommon.
Lartigue's first exhibition at The Witkin Gallery was held in 1972, and the photographer and gallery owner subsequently visited one another in New York and in France.
Fine in Near Fine+ jacket; light edge wear and rubbing; 3/4" tear to upper edge of rear panel.