2.en.43 Outing to Lartigue’s exhibition. Dossier

Monday 20th December 20010 1stYear ESO E European Sections: Outing to Caixa Forum. Visit to the exhibition of photographs by Jacques Henry Lartigue.


This term we have visited an Exhibition at La Misericordia, “La mirada del Viatger”, where you could see sterographs of Mallorca. Now you have the chance to compare them with sterographs taken by a French photographer. Some of the photos were taken in the same period, but the landscapes, the people and the atmosphere are very different.

During the visit to the exhibition. Use the space provided in this dossier to take notes and complete the information required.

I) Biography

  1. When and where was he born?
  2. How old was he when he died?
  3. Did he have any borthers?

II) Childhood memories

  1. Would you say he had a happy childhood? Choose some images to support your answer. Copy the title and the year where the photographs were taken.
  1. What surprised you most about the pictures of his early years?
  2. What kind of toys can you see?
  3. What kind of games did he play?

III) Sporting events

  1. Which sports can you see in the photographs? Name them:

IV) Landscapes

  1. what type of landscapes can you see? Choose one of the following categories:
  • Beaches
  • Sea resorts
  • Ski resorts
  • Cities. Which cities?
  • Other:

V) Fashion

  1. What kind of dresses did women wear?
  1. Are most women in the photos elegant wealthy women?

VI) Reflecting on what you see. After watching the exhibition, what do you think was Lartigue’s main reason for taking photos. Tick the ones you feel are the best explanation and add any other reasons you might think of.

  1. He wanted to preserve happy moments
  2. He wanted  time to stand still
  3. He wanted to freeze images
  4. He wanted to trap movement in a frozen image
  5. He wanted to keep a recored of the new technological advances.
  6. Do you think Lartiges photos catch aspects of reality that would be invisible for most of us?
  7. Other

VII) If you had to choose a set of words to descibe the overall impression the photos had on you, which words would come to your mind? Choose among the list and add any you might think of:

  • Movement
  • Hapiness
  • Lightness
  • Gravity
  • Speed
  • Fun
  • Wealth
  • Sadness
  • Poverty
  • Elegance
  • Youth
  • Quietness
  • Leisure
  • Work
  • Other
  • Old age

Choose a photo that best describes the words you have chosen.

VIII) Stereoscopes and stereographs.

There are many stereographs distributed all over the exhibition. Choose the one you liked best and describe it.

After the exhibition

In this web site run by the Donation Jacques Henri Lartigue you will find a chronology. of Jacques Henri Lartigue’s life, which has been divided into five different periods. You will have to visit it to be able to answer the following questions about Lartigue’s life.http://www.lartigue.org/us2/jhlartigue/chronologie/index-c5.html

I) 1894-1919

  1. What was his older brother nickname?
  2. When did he get his first own camera?
  3. How does Lartigue make photographs of “ghosts”? Which technique does he use?
  4. Did he ever live in a palace when he was young?
  5. Jacques was fascinated by planes, who accompanied him on his trips to see test flights of the first airplanes?
  6. When does he start taking panoramic views with a new stereocopic camera?
  7. 1914 is the breakout of world war I. Was Lartigue drafted?
  8. When does he decide to become a painter?
  9. What does he use his race car for during the war?
  10. Who is “Bibi”?

II) 1920-1939

  1. What are the main events in these years?
  2. Who does he marry in these years?

III) 1940-1959

  1. What kind of photos does he take in 1944?
  2. When does he start taking colour shots?
  3. Who does he sell his photos to?
  4. Does he marry again in these years?

IV) 1960-1979

  1. Which important museum exhibits his works in the early 60’s?
  2. Which costume designs of a very famous film are inspired by a Lartigue photopgraph of 1911?
  3. Why is 1979 a very important year for Lartigue’s work?

V) 1980-1986

  1. What anniversary does Lartigue celebrate in 1982?
  2. Where does he die?



  • Did you like the exhibition
  • Did you learn anything by doing the tasks
  • Did the dossier help you reflect on what you saw?
  • Did you find it interesting
  • Suggestions:

1.en.32 “La mirada del viatger” outing to La Misericòrdia

Dossier for the outing: “La mirada del viatger” and “L’Hospital Generalhistòria viva i patrimoni de la ciutat”

“la mirada del viatger”

La mostra “la mirada del viatger” recull un conjunt de fotografies de Mallorca, Menorca i Eivissa de principis del segle XX dels fons fotogràfics de la Biblioteca de Catalunya. L’exposició reflecteix la mirada de set autors diferents, Leandre Cervera, Guillem Bestard, Juli Soler, Francesc Matheu, Frederic Mompou, Josep Salvany i Joan Nonell, que influenciats per l’anomenat “excursionisme científic” van captar amb la seva càmera la gent i els paisatges de les Balears.

2. How long ago were these photos taken?

3. What were the photographers’ jobs?

4. Did you recognise any of the places that appeared in the photos?

5. Choose a place you know and observe changes: clothes, buildings, traffic. Write down your impressions.

6. Tick the type of images you found in the exhibiotion:

  1. Urban
  2. Seaside
  3. mountains
  4. villages
  5. city life
  6. rural life
  7. portraits
  8. buildings
  9. beaches
  10. flora
  11. Other:

Nowadays, thanks to technological develpment, you are used to very sophisticated special effects: colour, movement, tridimensional vision. Just think of the film Avatar. A hundred years ago things were different. Put the special glasses you are given at the exhibition and look at the slide show displayed at the back of the chapel.

7.Did you notice a big difference ?

8. Did you like it?

Imagine a world with no TV and no digital cameras. What is the main effect that the glasses add to your perception?

7. Choose a photo you like and describe it. Use the back of this handout to take notes.

Some useful vocabulary to  describe photos.

On the right/left; at the bottom/top of the photo; You can see; there is/are; In the background/in the foreground; It makes me think of; It makes me feel; The colour is/ the light is / the objects are/ the people are; A close up/ A landscape /A portrait; I like it because…; I do not like it because…:

8. Did you like the activity? Did you learn anything?

9. Escriviu un comentari sobre el nou hospital de Son Espases, relacionant-lo amb la visita que hem fet a l’Hospital General.

Homework: Friday 26th November.The questions in this dossier must be answered individually. You must copy the answers in your notebook. The description of the photo ( question 7) must be answered both in the notebook and in the blog. Remember that at the Ramon Lull library there is a catalogue of the exhibition with lots of useful information and where you can find all the photographs you saw this morning. You can go to the library and check it. Carmen, our excellent librarian, is also an expert in photography, so she will be able to help you if you have any doubts.

The black and white photograph that appears at the top of this post, Roser (filla de Francesc Matheu) i finestra a Bellver, is one of the photos you could see in the exhibition this morning. In the following link, you can surf the Fons fotogràfic sobre les Balears , part of the Biblioteca de Catalunya, Memòria digital de Catalunya archive. In this site you can see more than 208 documents about our islands.