Photographic white card by Jean-Pierre Blanc : François Halard
The photographer François Halard, whom I invited in 2017 for the Design Parade festival in Toulon, is undoubtedly one of the great masters of architectural photography. He gives letters of nobility to this photographic genre because he has the talent to grasp the soul of the places he observes. There is always in his photos the invisible trace of a human presence.
For his exhibition”Suite Méditerranéenne” presented at Design Parade in 2017, François Halard brought together for the first time his photographs taken around the Mediterranean, from Majorca to Capri via Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Roncocesi, Bomarzo, Rome, Gaeta, and Hyères.
This Mediterranean Sea is my country, and François Halard has always returned to it throughout his career. He photographed the most beautiful homes. Villa Noailles of course, but also Villa Malaparte, Casa Ghirri, Cy Twombly’s workshop, Paul Cézanne’s workshop. These photos invite to a nap and eroticism on a large sofa in the Villa Malaparte or in a Polish bed in Arles. With him, the Mediterranean is like a fiction being written. Cinema is extremely present in his photographs, which seem to compose the setting of an ideal film whose script is written silently before our eyes and whose actors are places.
François Halard’s Mediterranean photographs evoke periods that collide, cross and meet around the Mediterranean. He examines these residences in search of the artists they shelter, their barely perceptible presence which, by details, a light, reveals a person, a spirit, a sensitivity.
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