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The Grand Prix of the A.C.F.

1913 (made), later (printed)
Place of origin

Black and white photograph of a racing car marked with the number '6', whizzing past blurred onlookers

Object details

Object type
TitleThe Grand Prix of the A.C.F. (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Gelatin silver print
Brief description
Photograph by Jacques-Henri Lartigue, 'The Grand Prix of the A.C.F.', 1913, printed later, gelatin silver print
Physical description
Black and white photograph of a racing car marked with the number '6', whizzing past blurred onlookers
  • Image height: 16.7cm
  • Sheet height: 20cm
  • Image width: 24.5cm
  • Sheet width: 25cm
Marks and inscriptions
On the reverse: Title and various marks for cropping and reproduction in pencil and pen. Stamps of the John Hillelson Agency Ltd. 145 Fleet Street address crossed out and replaced with later stamp of the Agency at Wheatsheaf House, 4 Carmelite St. London
Credit line
Given by John and Judith Hillelson
Object history
This photograph was one of a collection given to the V&A by John and Judith Hillelson. One of the most important picture agents in post-war Britain, John Hillelson established his agency in London in 1958 and acted as the UK representative of Magnum photographers and later the French agencies Viva and Sygma until the early 1990s. During the 1950s and '60s he collaborated with a new generation of weekly and fashion magazine editors to publish photostories by Magnum photographers and gain exposure for less-known work, such as the pictures of apartheid smuggled out of South Africa by Ernest Cole in 1966-7. As photography gained institutional recognition in the 1970s and '80s and the market for photographic prints grew, Hillelson also started to collect and represent the work of the first generation of photojournalists - including Erich Salomon and Lucien Aigner - whose pictures had been so widely published in the 1930s. The selection of photographs from the agency's archive now in the V&A's collection thus forms an incredibly rich and diverse record of some of the best photojournalism from the 1930s to the 1980s.
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Record createdApril 28, 2004
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