Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s humanist work has little to do with that of Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Doisneau. The French photographer who was born and brought up in a wealthy environment depicted high society and his own elitist lifestyle from his brother’s passion for automobiles and aviation to his holidays in elegant towns such as Megève or Biarritz. From the very early age of six, Jacques-Henri Lartigue practiced photography, eager to record all the events of his existence - he also commented it in his numerous diaries. More interested in the Bois de Boulogne’s Belle Epoque fashionable wanderers than in Paris’ popular workers, the photographer captured thousands of fleeting moments in elegant facetious compositions that nonetheless also chronicled an evolving society - ‘I am the taxidermist of the things life has brought to me’. A seducer, he also found in the various women who had shared his life, the carefree and beautiful subjects of his personal happiness and sensuality. His work could be observed as the confession of a child of the century, a diary illustrating a passion for life and an absolute will to imprint ‘all that is no more; all that is not yet’ (Alfred de Musset).