Photographs by François Halard.
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2013. 96 pp., 35 color illustrations, 9x12".
When Francois Halard visits the home of Luigi Ghirri, the images of Ghirri’s studio in a village of Roncocesi like an artist’s portrait, photograph the corporeality and atmospheres of a poetic work. It’s a demonstration of what photography is capable of, producing a radiography of a universe in which the relationships between objects are a perfect synthesis between sophisticated beauty and everyday life.
Halard’s photographic story, is an intimate and personal investigation, as well as a reminiscence. His camera lens confers sacredness to the spaces it focuses on through the course of his journey. It is a way of relating to the world, a world in which beauty is both a necessity and a value, which finds its ultimate expression in an – almost anthropological – investigation of ways of living. François Halard (b. in Arles, France) studied at the National School of Decorative Arts, Paris before he moved to New York to work for Vogue America, Vanity Fair, GQ, House & Garden. His photographs for these magazines made him one of the most sought-after and renowned architecture photographers of our age. During his career he has held various exhibitions, including in Arles, Paris, New York. He lives in New York and France.