Picks and Pans Review: The Autochromes of J.h. Lartigue: 1912-1927

updated 12/14/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/14/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

Lartigue, now 87, may be best known for photographs he took at age 7, which captured the elegance and humor of his privileged French upbringing. By 17 he was experimenting with autochrome, the first popular color process. Though the original prints have faded, these glimpses of carefree vacations, pretty women and romantic settings still seem very human. There are many images of Lartigue's first wife, Bibi; in one sublime shot she is silhouetted in a wide-brimmed hat at Eden Roc, the Cap d'Antibes restaurant. These photographs' stillness and sense of space revive what seems in retrospect a less troubled time. (Viking, $35)

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