Prestigious publishing house Rizzoli recently unveiled Francois Halard: A Visual Diary, a mesmerizing collection of photographs, notes, and visual memories by artist Francois Halard.
One of the most well-respected interior photographer of our time, Halard was friends with artists Cy Twombly and Louise Bourgeois among other luminaries. His shots have appeared in many books including John Richardson: At Home and Houses: Atelier AM. He has had solo exhibitions in Arles, where he spends significant time and most recently presented works with Oscar Humphries. The city is known for artists Christian Lacroix, and the photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles (without mentionning Van Gogh). His beautiful house features artworks by Cy Twombly and Julian Schnabel among other masters.
In his early twenties, one of François Halard’s first assignments was to shoot Yves Saint Laurent’s legendary Paris apartment, which launched his reputation as one of the most original photographers.
Francois Halard: A Visual Diary 2 features stunning interiors of acclaimed creative minds, fashion designers, and artists including Rick Owens’s slick Paris apartment, Andres Serrano’s gothic house, Anthony Gormley’s dramatic British studio, Eileen Gray’s recently restored modernist home on the French coast, Ugo Rondinone’s Home in Harlem, Dries Van Noten’s vibrant garden, the home and studio of Louise Bourgeois in New York, Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé luxurious house in Morocco as well as Lenny Kravitz’ interior in Paris, among other unique and stunning properties.
Each page is imbued with the intimate knowledge of design history, each story a lesson in a master’s point of view. Viewers will be able to dive into the quirkiest interiors and the most tasteful rooms. This book is a must-have for any aesthete.
Images: Copyright Francois Halard and Rizzoli.