Back in the day

A wan­der through the AP ar­chive. This week we pay a visit to July 2004

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THIS WEEK we are go­ing back to 10 July 2004. Fast rewind 14 years and we’re get­ting ex­cited about 5MP com­pact cam­eras. It’s easy to be sniffy about this old-hat tech­nol­ogy with the rise of the smart­phone and high-res­o­lu­tion full-frame sen­sors, but some are still very us­able to­day; in­deed, the won­der­fully stream­lined Canon Dig­i­tal IXUS is an un­der­rated de­sign clas­sic. Other high­lights in this is­sue in­clude a big fea­ture on Jac­ques- Henri Lar­tigue, who should be an in­spi­ra­tion to any­one who thinks they have left it too late to re­ally make their mark in pho­tog­ra­phy. Orig­i­nally a painter, he claimed to have dis­cov­ered pho­tog­ra­phy only in 1963, aged 69. The old rogue had a pen­chant for rac­ing cars and fash­ion mod­els, and his ad­mo­ni­tion to pho­to­graph ‘ev­ery­thing that de­lights and amuses me’ should help any read­ers strug­gling for in­spi­ra­tion in our im­age- drenched age.

Jac­ques-Henri Lar­tigue dis­cov­ered pho­tog­ra­phy at 63

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