Diary of a Century. Photographs and text by J.H. Lartigue. Edited by Richard Avedon. Designed by Bea Feitler. Viking Press, New York, 1970. Unpaged. Folio. Clothbound in metallic gold colored dust jacket. Photo-illustrated endpapers. Numerous gravure reproductions printed by C.J. Bucher, Switzerland.
"This remarkable diary, was known only to family and friends until 1962, when some of the photographs were exhibited in Paris. The next year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York mounted a show and produced a catalogue with an introduction by John Szarkowski.... [Lartigue] had the perfect temperament to be the chronicler of an optimistic age"--David Levi-Strauss, in Roth, et. al., The Book of 101 Books "[Lartigue] absorbed conventions effortlessly, and he knew how to see the world through a viewfinder. But we ought to believe him when he says that he was motivated by nothing more than wonder and delight, and it is this that makes his work so appealing. (He may be the only 20th-century artist to be famous for his happiness.) There is no guileless eye, but there are guileless boys, and Lartigue was one: a prodigy."--excerpted from Jim Lewis, The Lartigue Hoax, a review of Kevin Moore's controversial book Jacques Henri Lartigue: The Invention of an Artist
Fine- with some edge wear to boards; Near Fine+ jacket is price-clipped with moderate rubbing and light edge wear.