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