"Le Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France" Photograph
"[Jacques-Henri] Lartigue loved everything about cars— their intriguing look, the accoutrements of the driver, the eventual flat tire... Swinging his camera parallel to the road in a movement that followed the car, Lartigue barely managed to catch the speeding machine in his frame" (The Met Museum).
Lartigue's photograph of a racecar in the 1913 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France race features an image distortion typical of strip photography that results when the vertical slit cannot keep up with the motion of the subject, creating the illusion of speed as the car moves, appearing to lean to forward. His fascination with the speed of racing automobiles led to some of his early pioneering work with fast-motion photography.